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Typhoon Danas is unlikely to directly affect nation: Central Weather Bureau

SKIP THE SURFING:The bureau said that islands and coastal areas in the north and east could expect large waves. It lifted its warnings for Tropical Storm Fitow

Staff writer, with CNA

A new typhoon that has formed in the Pacific Ocean is unlikely to have any direct effect on the nation as it moves toward Japan, but the outlying islands and coastal areas should be on the alert for heavy surf, the Central Weather Bureau said yesterday.

As of 8am yesterday, Typhoon Danas was centered 890km east of Taipei, moving north-northwest at a speed of 29kph, the bureau said.

It was packing maximum sustained winds of 183kph, with gusts of up to 226kph.

Danas, the 24th storm of the Pacific typhoon season this year, is expected to move toward Japan after it reaches the Ryukyu Islands between Taiwan and Japan, and will not directly threaten Taiwan, forecasters said.

However, Matsu Island, Green Island and Orchid Island, as well as coastal areas in the northern and eastern parts of the country, could expect large waves today as the typhoon makes its way north, the bureau said, telling beachgoers that they should exercise caution.

The bureau yesterday also lifted its land and sea warnings for Tropical Storm Fitow, which was downgraded from a typhoon earlier in the day. However, forecasters warned that heavy rain, big waves and strong winds may continue to affect some parts of the nation.

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