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Two typhoons may hit Taiwan next week

By Loa Iok-sin  /  STAFF REPORTER

Two typhoons in the western Pacific region near Guam are moving toward Taiwan and could hit the nation next week, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said yesterday.

Typhoon Parma, which has strengthened and was upgraded to a medium typhoon yesterday, is heading in a northwesterly direction at a speed of around 29km per hour, the CWB said.

Parma is still about 2,000km southeast of Eluanbi (鵝鑾鼻), but based on its projected route, could make landfall as early as Sunday, it said.

Another typhoon, Melor, currently located approximately 4,000km from Taiwan, has formed in the region, the bureau said, adding that it could not yet determine whether the typhoon would hit Taiwan.

What is certain is both typhoons will be close to Taiwan during the Mid-Autumn Festival on Saturday and could bring rainfall and cloudy skies over the nation, the bureau said.

“For the Mid-Autumn Festival, heavy clouds over northern and eastern Taiwan are expected, with chances of rainfall,” weather forecaster Wang Yao-hua (王耀華) said.

The bureau is also tracking a tropical depression between Typhoon Parma and Typhoon Melor.

It said that it was hard to determine at the moment whether the tropical depression would develop into a typhoon.

Even if the tropical depression does not develop into a typhoon, it could be absorbed by Typhoon Melor and strengthen it, the bureau said.

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