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Depressions may see rain, typhoon hit Taiwan: CWB

By Shelley Shan  /  Staff reporter

The Central Weather Bureau (CWB) yesterday confirmed the formation of two tropical depressions in the Pacific Ocean and said it is monitoring their progress to see if they will make landfall in Taiwan.

The bureau said that one of the depressions formed near Guam yesterday and could strengthen into a tropical storm or typhoon due to its structure. It said the weather system is about 3,400km southeast of Oluanpi (鵝鑾鼻), the nation’s southernmost tip, and is likely heading toward Japan.

The bureau said that the other tropical depression is moving northwest from the east coast of the Philippines, about 1,600km southeast of Oluanpi, and would affect the weather in Taiwan between tomorrow and Sunday.

The bureau predicted that the depression by the Philippines would move closer to Taiwan’s east tomorrow and Thursday, bringing showers to the nation’s north and east. It forecast sunny skies with isolated thundershowers for central and southern Taiwan.

The chance of showers is to rise nationwide between Friday and Sunday as the tropical depression comes closer to Taiwan, the bureau added.

Meanwhile, cloudy to sunny skies are forecast nationwide for today and tomorrow due to the high air pressure over the Pacific, with isolated showers likely in the southeast.

As afternoon showers are likely to hit the western mountainous areas, the bureau advised people there to be on alert during the heavy precipitation. It forecast highs of between 33°C and 35°C during the day for the region.

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