Fri, Jul 15, 2011 - Page 2 News List

Typhoon Ma-On forecast to bring heavy rainfall

By Shelley Shan  /  Staff Reporter

Typhoon Ma-On is not likely to affect Taiwan directly, but the nation will experience unstable weather conditions from a low-pressure system all next week, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said yesterday.

Bureau forecaster Lin Pin-yu (林秉煜) said that the center of Ma-On was 2,650km east of Hengchun Peninsula in Pintung County as of 2pm yesterday. It was moving westerly at a speed of 20kph, he said.

Though Ma-On would come closer to Taiwan on Sunday, Lin said that the typhoon would still be about 2,000km from the nation, adding that the storm was forecast to move toward Japan.

Lin also said that the storm has the potential to turn into a super typhoon because of the atmospheric environment. Meanwhile, another tropical low air pressure system formed east of the Philippines yesterday, he said, adding that the cloud bands in that system would soon merge with those of Ma-On.

Lin said the weather was forecast to be unstable next week as Taiwan remains in the low--pressure area. The cloud system from the south meant the chance of heavy rain would be high in central, southern and eastern Taiwan next week.

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