Mon, Jul 21, 2003 - Page 2 News List

Fast-approaching typhoon will affect the week's weather

By Chiu Yu-tzu  /  STAFF REPORTER

The approach of Typhoon Imbudo, the seventh typhoon this year, will affect the nation's weather according to the Central Weather Bureau yesterday.

Forecasters said yesterday that Imbudo, which was getting stronger and speeded up on Saturday, was approaching the Bashi Channel at a speed of 19kph from the southeast.

A typhoon warning to boats could possibly be issued this afternoon.

"Between tomorrow and Thursday, eastern Taiwan will be significantly affected by an unstable weather system created by the peripheral circumfluence of the typhoon," said Wu Wan-hua (伍婉華), a forecaster at the bureau.

Wu said that showers would be seen in the east beginning tomorrow and it will rain in the mountainous areas of central and southern Taiwan.

Yesterday in downtown Taipei, it became windy. Predictions of rainfall, however, will not be available until the typhoon gets closer, Wu said.

Meanwhile, weather forecasters said that severe tropical storm Koni was heading for southern China, having little effect on Taiwan.

Temperatures today and tomorrow will remain higher than 34?C across the nation.

Weather forecasters reminded people to take preventative measures against possible severe afternoon thundershowers over the following days.

Taipei residents were amazed by sudden thundershowers accompanied by lightning and strong winds on Saturday afternoon.

A man playing baseball at spacious Riverside Sport Park near Huachung Bridge across Tamshui River was hurt by lightning. The man remains in critical condition at West Garden Hospital yesterday.

According to doctors yesterday, the electricity coursed right through the man's body, causing severe internal burns.

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