Tue, Jul 17, 2012 - Page 3 News List

Taiwan to be spared from Tropical Storm Khanun

By Shelley Shan  /  Staff reporter

People crossing a street in Taipei yesterday clutch their umbrellas as they are caught in a windy thundershower

Photo: Fan Pin-chao, Taipei Times

The Central Weather Bureau said a tropical storm that formed yesterday afternoon would not affect Taiwan.

As of 2pm, the center of Tropical Storm Khanun was located 890km off the southeast coast of Okinawa, Japan, or about 1,500km east of Hualien County. It was moving northwest at 33kph.

Bureau forecaster Chiang Li-hung (姜禮鴻) said that the storm was expected to move in the direction of Okinawa and the main Japanese islands and was unlikely to hit Taiwan. Chiang said the circumfluence of the storm was also unlikely to affect weather in Taiwan.

Khanun is the seventh tropical storm formed at the West Pacific Ocean this year.

Meanwhile, the bureau issued extreme weather alerts for the north, northeast, center and south of the nation as chances for afternoon thundershowers were high.

Afternoon thundershowers helped lower the temperature in Taipei to about 36°C yesterday after the city experienced temperatures exceeding 37°C five days in a row last week.

For today, chances of showers or thundershowers are high in the areas south of Yunlin County as well as in Penghu County.

Cloudy to sunny skies are forecast in the morning with afternoon thundershowers for regions north of Changhua County and in Yilan County.

The bureau said chances of afternoon thundershowers were high in the north, center and south between tomorrow and Sunday.

Cloudy to sunny skies are forecast for Hualien and Taitung before Thursday, but chances of showers would become high from Friday on, the bureau said.

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