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Another tropical storm forms; sea, land warnings issued

2017/07/29 18:26:44

(From the Central Weather Bureau)

Taipei, July 29 (CNA) The Central Weather Bureau issued sea and land warnings for Tropical Storm Haitang, which formed earlier Saturday and was moving toward Taiwan, while Typhoon Nesat was expected to make landfall Saturday night.

The bureau issued the sea and land warnings Saturday for Haitang, which was centered 540 kilometers southwest of Eluanbi, the southernmost tip of Taiwan, moving in a northeasterly direction.

The formation of the new tropical storm came as the radius of Typhoon Nesat covered parts of Taiwan proper and was expected to make landfall in Hualien County, eastern Taiwan, at 8 p.m. at the earliest.

As of 5 p.m., the typhoon was centered 120 km southeast of Yilan County, moving at a speed of 18 kilometers per hour in a west-northwesterly direction, the bureau said.

The typhoon had maximum sustained winds of 144 kph, with gusts reaching 180 kph, and was gaining strength, it said.

The bureau warned of extremely torrential rain in eastern Taiwan's Hualien County, southern Taiwan's Kaohsiung City and Pingtung County from Saturday night to Sunday.

Torrential rain was forecast for eastern Taiwan's Yilan and Taitung counties; central Taiwan's Taichung City, Nantou County and Yunlin County; and Tainan City and Chiayi County in southern Taiwan, it said.

All cities and counties on Taiwan proper and the offshore Penghu, Kinmen and Lienchiang counties should brace for strong winds and heavy rain, as the country will be covered by Nesat's radius from Saturday night to Sunday morning, the bureau said.

(By Chen Wei-ting and Elaine Hou)