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Residents of east coast, southeast warned about storm

By Shelley Shan  /  STAFF REPORTER

The Central Weather Bureau issued an alert for extremely heavy to torrential rain and strong winds yesterday to residents of eastern and southeastern regions as a tropical low-pressure system approached.

The bureau said the low-pressure system was close to becoming a tropical storm early yesterday morning.

The front made landfall in Taitung at 3:15pm.

Statistics from the bureau’s observation station in Taitung showed that average wind speeds hit 62kph to 74kph.

The bureau forecast that the low-pressure system would weaken after making landfall, adding that it may also leave Taiwan off the west coast.

The low-pressure system was moving to the northwest at 20kph at press time.

The bureau said heavy rain and strong winds brought by the system would continue to affect eastern and southern regions.

It advised ocean-going vessels operating along the northeastern and southeastern coast, as well as in the Bashi Channel, to be on alert.

Residents of Taitung, Hualien, Green Island (綠島) and Lanyu (蘭嶼) may also experience strong winds today.

Meanwhile, the heat will subside somewhat as a result of the rain, the bureau said.

ADDITIONAL REPORTING BY CNA

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