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Tropical storm heads for Taiwan on Lovers’ Day

By Shelley Shan  /  Staff reporter

People who hope to celebrate Lovers’ Day outdoors are in for some disappointment as the Central Weather Bureau said yesterday that Tropical Storm Tembin could bring heavy rains starting on Wednesday.

The festival falls on the seventh day of the seventh month on the lunar calendar, which this year falls on Thursday.

As of 6:30pm, the center of the storm was 630km southeast of Oluanpi (鵝鑾鼻). It was moving north at a speed of 2kph. The radius of the storm had reached 120km as of press time.

Bureau forecaster Lo Ya-yin (羅雅尹) said the storm appeared to have remained stationary yesterday.

Lo said the storm would stay put until this afternoon, when it would start moving north toward the nation’s east coast, adding that it could gain strength and turn into a typhoon.

The east coast will be affected by Tembin on Wednesday, the bureau said, adding that it will affect the north coast on Thursday, when it could make landfall.

The system is expected to head toward China on Friday.

Meanwhile, a tropical depression is lurking to the west of Guam. It was moving west at a speed of 10kph.

Today, there will be a high chance of showers or thundershowers in the southeast and on the Hengchun Peninsula. Afternoon thundershowers are possible in central and southern regions as well as northern and northeastern regions. Cloudy to sunny skies are forecast for other regions as well as Kinmen, Matsu and Penghu. Because of the circumfluence of Tembin, ships operating in the Bashi Channel could experience average wind speeds of Level 8 or Level 9 on the Beaufort scale.

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