Sea alert mulled for tropical storm

By Shelley Shan  /  Staff reporter

Mon, Aug 19, 2013 - Page 3

The Central Weather Bureau (CWB could issue a sea alert for Tropical Storm Trami tomorrow as it approaches the sea area near northern Taiwan.

The bureau said Trami was formed at about 8am yesterday. As of 5pm yesterday, the storm’s center was at 740km southeast of Oluanpi (鵝鑾鼻), moving northeast at 8kph.

Weather forecaster Tsai Yao-de (蔡耀德) said Trami would move east a bit before turning around and moving west or northwest toward Taiwan today, adding that the nation would be affected by the storm on Wednesday and Thursday.

“The sea alert for Tropical Storm Trami could be issued on Tuesday,” Tsai said, adding that the bureau does not rule out that the storm could make landfall.

According to Tsai, residents in the nation’s northern and northeastern regions must be on alert as they would be under the direct influence of the storm.

Daniel Wu (吳德榮), a former director of the bureau’s weather forecast center who is now an adjunct associate professor of atmospheric sciences at National Central University, said the storm could turn into a typhoon by the time it nears Taiwan.

Wu said the Trami is in a low atmospheric pressure zone and is moving counterclockwise toward Taiwan. Aside from the rain the storm will bring, people should be aware of the rain brought by the low air pressure system or the southwest monsoon coming on the heels of the storm.

Forecasts on the possible path of the storm’s movement differ widely among different weather forecast authorities around the world. The forecast from the Japanese Meteorological Agency showed the center of the storm could make a landfall between Yilan and Hualien. However, the US Navy and Air Force Joint Typhoon Warning Center forecast that the storm will only pass through the sea area off the nation’s northern coast without making landfall.

The CWB, on the other hand, forecast that the center of the typhoon would only come close to the nation’s northern coast before moving west.

Chia Hsing-hsing (賈新興), environmental resources director at WeatherRisk Co, said Trami is not a strong storm, but one should pay attention to the changes in its direction.

The worst scenario, he said, would be the storm moving like a sinking fastball in baseball, moving north first and retreating to the south after being blocked by the Pacific high air pressure.

Meanwhile, the CWB reported that another tropical storm, Tropical Storm Pewa, formed yesterday afternoon. The storm’s center was 6,370km east of Oluanbi and it was moving northwest at 21kph, the bureau said. The bureau forecast that the storm is not likely to affect Taiwan.