The Central Weather Bureau (CWB) issued a sea warning early yesterday for Tropical Storm Doksuri, but said the chances of the storm hitting the nation directly were low.
The bureau said it was likely that Doksuri, the sixth storm of this year’s Pacific typhoon season, would cross the Bashi Channel between the Philippines and Taiwan and head toward Hong Kong without making landfall.
However, the bureau said rain and wind were expected, especially in eastern and southern areas.
Doksuri’s outer rim could also bring showers to other areas overnight, the bureau said.
As of 6:30pm yesterday, Doksuri was 290km southeast of Taiwan’s southernmost tip. It was moving at 22kph in a west-northwesterly direction, with maximum sustained winds of 72kph.
Based on Doksuri’s current direction, its effects on the nation are expected to fade today, the bureau said.
Meanwhile, the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) said the air quality in southeastern Taiwan dropped sharply because Doksuri’s outer rim created dust clouds in the area. At noon yesterday, the concentration of particulates in the air in the area was 1,000 micrograms per cubic meter — about 20 times higher than usual, EPA data showed.
The dust came from sand and mud washed down by torrential rains in southern Taiwan a week ago, according to the EPA.