Sun, Jun 15, 2014 - Page 3 News List

Sea warning likely as tropical storm approaches nation

Staff writer, with CNA

The Central Weather Bureau was poised to issue a sea warning at about midnight yesterday for Tropical Storm Hagibis, which formed yesterday afternoon, the weather agency said.

As of 4:30pm, Hagibis was centered about 440km west-southwest of the southernmost tip of Taiwan, moving north at 8kph.

The seventh storm formed during this Pacific typhoon season, Hagibis is packing maximum sustained winds of 64.8kph, with gusts reaching 90kph.

Hagibis is not likely to make landfall, but its outer rim could cause downpours over the weekend in the nation’s central, southern and southeastern parts.

Hagibis, a name contributed by the Philippines, means “fast” or “swift.”

As Taiwan heads into typhoon season, Cheng Ming-dean (鄭明典), director of the bureau’s Weather Forecast Center, said that tropical storms this summer are expected to develop farther from Taiwan, which means they could gain strength as they head toward the country.

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