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Dual weather fronts unlikely to form perfect storm: Central Weather Bureau

Staff writer, with CNA

Photographers are gathered along a river bank in New Taipei City to take pictures of the sunset yesterday. The Central Weather Bureau said temperatures rose yesterday as central and northern areas were affected by tropical storm Saola.

Photo: Wang Yi-sung, Taipei Times

A new tropical storm formed to the southeast of Japan yesterday, but it is unlikely to interact with another storm which is headed for Taiwan’s eastern coast, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said yesterday.

As of 8am yesterday, newly formed Tropical Storm Damrey was centered 2,490km east--northeast of Taipei, moving at a speed of 8kph in a west-northwesterly direction.

The 10th storm of this year’s Pacific typhoon season, Damrey was packing sustained winds of 72kph, with gusts reaching 100kph, the bureau said.

Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Saola, the ninth storm of the season, was centered 730km southeast of Taiwan’s southernmost tip, moving in a north-northwesterly direction at a speed of 11kph. It was packing sustained winds of 100kph, with gusts reaching 126kph.

The two tropical storms are unlikely to interact in the near future because they are currently about 2,000km apart and are moving in a parallel direction, the bureau said.

As of yesterday, Saola remained of greatest concern to Taiwan and if it continues on its path toward the nation, a sea warning could be issued today at the earliest, the bureau said.

However, forecasters warned that the storm’s path could change as it slows down today and tomorrow because of the weakness of a Pacific high pressure system, leaving it unclear how Saola will affect Taiwan over the next few days.

Damrey, on the other hand, will not have a direct impact on the -nation, the bureau said.

Meanwhile, temperatures nationwide could reach between 33oC and 34oC because of the effects of the tropical storm, the bureau said. Temperatures had already risen above 36oC in Hsinchu early yesterday afternoon.

The saola is a rare forest--dwelling ox that lives only in certain areas of Vietnam and Laos, and damrey means elephant in the Khmer language of Cambodia.

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