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Tembin makes landfall, moves into Taiwan Strait

2012/08/24 12:01:21

Taipei, Aug. 24 (CNA) Typhoon Tembin made landfall in southern Taiwan early Friday, bringing torrential rain to the area but moved out to sea shortly after, the Central Weather Bureau said.

As of 10 a.m., Tembin was located 40 kilometers northwestern of Hengchuen Township in southern Taiwan, moving at a speed of 12 km per hour in a west-southwesterly direction.

The eye of Tembin made landfall in Mudan Township, Pingtung County at 5:00 a.m., moved across Fangshan Township, and entered the Taiwan Strait at 7:30 a.m., the bureau said.

It said the typhoon weakened somewhat after crossing land and its maximum sustained winds are now 137 kph, with gusts of up to 173 kph.

The storm drenched southern and southeastern Taiwan overnight, dumping 500 mm of rainfall on Hengchuen between midnight and 11 a.m. Friday, the bureau said.

Meanwhile, strong winds of up to 106 kph battered southern Taiwan, toppling trees and ripping off rooftops.

The bureau forecast that the typhoon would continue to affect the southern areas of the country Friday. It may lift the land warning later in the day.

There is an increased chance that Tembin will interact with Bolaven, another storm that is approaching Taiwan, the bureau said.

If that happens, Tembin could turn toward Taiwan again bringing more rainfall after Saturday, the weather bureau said.

(By Lee Hsin-Yin)
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