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Path of new storm uncertain as sea warning announced

STAFF WRITER , WITH AGENCIES

Tropical Storm Bebinca (貝碧佳) continued to approach Taiwan yesterday.

In advance of the storm, the Central Weather Bureau (中央氣象局) yesterday morning issued a sea warning in southern Taiwan, just days after Typhoon Xangsane -- the worst typhoon in five years -- battered the island, killing at least 62 people.

The weather bureau said earlier it was not clear whether the new storm, which killed at least 24 in the Philippines and was moving through the South China Sea, would directly hit Taiwan or veer west toward Hong Kong.

The bureau, however, warned that there would be intense rain in northern and eastern parts of the island in the coming days. According to the weather bureau, the agency will decide whether or not to issue a land warning by today.

Weather forecasters yesterday also warned of possible landslides, triggered by the torrential rain. Meanwhile, the weather bureau yesterday also warned people to avoid sea banks and riverbanks and to be vigilant of flash floods.

Taiwan is often hit by typhoons, usually in the summer, with half a dozen affecting the island this year. The weather bureau pointed out, however, that it is unusual to issue a warning in November. The last typhoon warning issued in November was in 1967.

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