Tropical Storm Tembin was upgraded to a typhoon and is likely to turn northwest toward Taiwan today, the Central Weather Bureau said yesterday.
If the typhoon turns as predicted, its eye may make landfall on Taiwan’s east coast on Thursday, it said.
As of 2pm yesterday, the eye of Tembin was located 590km southeast of Oluanpi (鵝鑾鼻) on Taiwan’s southern tip, moving north at a speed of 11kph.
It was packing winds of 144kph, with gusts reaching 180kph, the bureau said.
The typhoon is likely to move toward Taiwan on a northwesterly track today and take a more westerly direction tomorrow, the bureau said.
A sea warning for Tembin is likely to be issued this morning and areas around Taiwan should be prepared for strong winds and heavy rain from tomorrow until Friday, the bureau said.
Meanwhile, a tropical depression that formed near Guam has been upgraded into Tropical Storm Bolaven and may move toward Taiwan on a west-northwesterly track over the next few days, the bureau said.
As of 2pm, Bolaven, the 15th storm of the Pacific typhoon season, was centered 2,200km southeast of Taiwan, near Guam.
It was moving at a speed of 9kph, packing winds of 65kph, with gusts of up to 90kph and a radius of 100km.
The bureau said it remained to be seen what kind of influence the storm would have on Taiwan.
Because the storm and typhoon are located 1,700km apart, there are currently no signs that they would interact with each other, it said.
The Taipei City Department of Health called on the public to prepare for the typhoon by stocking up on food and water supplies to last for three days.
Bolaven is the Laotian word for plateau or mesa, while Tembin is Japanese for the constellation Libra.