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Tropical Storm Roke may bring rain by Saturday: CWB

2011/09/15 15:19:58

Taipei, Sept. 15 (CNA) A tropical storm that has formed off Taiwan may bring rain to northern areas of the country by Saturday, but it cannot yet be forecast whether it will hit the island, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said Thursday.

Roke, the 15th storm of the 2011 Pacific typhoon season, was centered 1,140 kilometers eastern of Taipei as of 8 a.m. Thursday, the CWB said.

It was moving in a west-northwesterly direction at a speed of 17 km per hour, the bureau said.

The storm was packing maximum sustained winds of 65 kph, with gusts of 90 kph, the bureau said.

Because there is no regional steering flow to influence the storm's direction, it might linger near the Ryukyu Islands northeastern of Taiwan for a few days, the weather bureau said.

"It is not yet known whether Roke will hit Taiwan," forecaster Lin Ping-i said. However, Roke's outer bands may begin to affect the island by weekend, bringing an increased chance of rain in northern and northeastern areas, he said.

(By Lee Hsin-Yin)
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