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Tropical storm threatens south Taiwan

By Shelley Shan  /  STAFF REPORTER

The Central Weather Bureau (CWB) yesterday issued a heavy torrential rain alert to residents in eastern and southeastern Taiwan as well as the Hengchun Peninsula as Tropical Storm Molave approached the southern part of the nation.

The bureau issued a sea alert for Molave on Thursday night.

As of 5:30pm yesterday, the center of the storm was 230km southeast of Oluanbi (鵝鑾鼻), moving northwesterly at 23kph.

CWB forecaster Hsieh Ming-chang (謝明昌) said the environment in the Bashi Channel had strengthened Molave.

The bureau forecast yesterday that the storm was likely to pass quickly through the Bashi Channel and move close to China’s Guangdong Province this afternoon. Based on the bureau’s projections, it appeared unlikely the storm would make landfall in Taiwan.

However, Hsieh said the path could shift northward and closer to the nation.

Hsieh said that the circumfluence of the storm had begun to threaten eastern and southern regions, adding that high waves had already been reported in Hengchun.

Accumulated rainfall in Hualien, Chengkung (成功) Taitung County and Pingtung had already topped 50mm.

The accumulated rainfall in the east, as well as in mountainous regions of the south, would likely exceed 200mm and could reach 300mm, the bureau said.

“The chances of intermittent heavy rainfall are also very high in the southern plains area,” Hsieh said.

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