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Tropical Storm Guchol will not affect Taiwan soon: weather bureau

2012/06/12 21:07:25

Taipei, June 12 (CNA) A tropical storm that has formed in the Pacific is not likely to exacerbate the weather conditions in Taiwan in the next few days, the Central Weather Bureau said Tuesday.

Tropical Storm Guchol remains far away from Taiwan and is therefore unlikely to start affecting the island until Saturday at the earliest, the weather bureau said.

There is no need for people to worry at the moment about additional rainfall brought by the outer rim of the storm, the bureau said.

As of Tuesday afternoon, Guchol was centered 2,750 kilometers east-southeast of Taiwan's southern tip and moving at a speed of 19 kilometers per hour in a westerly direction, according the bureau.

Guchol, the fourth storm of the 2012 Pacific typhoon season, is packing maximum sustained winds of 65 km per hour, with gusts of up to 90 kph, the bureau said.

On its current path, the storm will move close to Taiwan on the weekend if it maintains its speed, but it would take a few days to determine whether it would hit Taiwan directly, the weather bureau said.

Guchol, meaning "spice," was named by the Pacific island nation of Federated States of Micronesia.

(By Lee Hsin-Yin)