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Taiwan issues land warning for Typhoon Tembin (update)

2012/08/22 12:29:32

Taipei, Aug. 22 (CNA) The Central Weather Bureau issued a land warning for Typhoon Tembin early Wednesday, warning of extreme rainfall and strong winds in eastern Taiwan beginning later in the day.

As of 12 p.m., Tembin was located 330 kilometers east of Taitung, moving at a speed of 9 km per hour in a west-northwesterly direction.

It was packing sustained winds of 144 kph, with gusts reaching 180 kph, the bureau said.

Describing Tembin's structure as "solid," the bureau said the storm will move closer to land between Wednesday and Thursday and pose a considerable threat to the entire island until Friday.

The typhoon is expected to make landfall in eastern Taiwan on Thursday and hit the area with extreme rainfall, while gusts between 50 and 90 kph could be felt in the area after midnight, the bureau said.

The bureau predicted that the accumulated precipitation from Tembin could reach some 1,000 millimeters in mountainous areas in eastern Taiwan.

Low-lying areas in northern and southern Taiwan can expect accumulated rainfall of 100-400 mm and 300-600 mm, respectively.

Meanwhile, as Tembin and another developing typhoon, Bolaven, are located some 1,500 km apart from each other, there are currently no signs that they will interact with each other, the bureau said.

Bolaven was upgraded from a tropical storm to a typhoon early Wednesday.

The bureau did not rule out the possibility, however, that the two storms will move closer to each other and extend Tembin's impact on Taiwan.

(By Lee Hsin-Yin)