A tropical storm has formed near the Philippines and may affect Taiwan’s weather this week, the Central Weather Bureau said yesterday.
As of 2pm yesterday, Tropical Storm Saola was centered 950km southeast of Taiwan’s southernmost tip, moving at 14km per hour in a north-northwesterly direction.
Forecasters said the ninth storm of this year’s Pacific typhoon season is packing sustained winds of 65kph, with gusts reaching 90kph.
With the storm gradually moving toward the Bashi Channel between the Philippines and Taiwan, coastal areas in southern Taiwan may see high waves in the next few days, the bureau cautioned.
Bureau forecaster Lin Pin-yu (林秉煜) said with the storm’s slow speed, its projected path is still unclear, but there is the possibility of it heading straight toward Taiwan.
However, the bureau said a sea warning for the storm is unlikely to be issued by today based on Saola’s current development, adding that Taiwan is not expected to see significant showers caused by the storm until Tuesday.
Another depression currently on a higher latitude is not expected to affect Taiwan, even though it may also develop into a storm, the bureau said.
The saola — which gives its name to this storm — is a rare forest-dwelling bovine that lives only in certain areas of Vietnam and Laos.