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Taiwan to issue sea warning for Tropical Storm Hato late Sunday

2017/08/20 21:23:39

Image taken from Central Weather Bureau's website

Taipei, Aug. 20 (CNA) The Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said it will issue a sea warning for Tropical Storm Hato at midnight Sunday, which was churning southeast of Taiwan.

The weather system was upgraded to a tropical storm at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, becoming the 13th in this year's Pacific typhoon season.

As of 8 p.m., Hato was located 19.9 degrees North and 126.3 degrees East, which is about 608 kilometers east-southeast of Taiwan's southernmost tip Eluanbi, and was moving in a westerly direction toward the Bashi Channel at a speed of 20 kilometers per hour. according to Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) website,

It was carrying winds of 64.8 km per hour, with gust of up to 90 km per hour, according to the JMA data.

The CWB later published similar data about Hato's movement.

If Hato's continues its movement at similar speeds, the CWB said it will issue a sea warning for the typhoon at midnight Sunday and a land warning around noon Monday.

The storm is forecast to pass closest to Taiwan on Tuesday, brushing past the Hengchun Peninsula in the south of the island, according to the weather bureau.

The CWB urged the people in southern Taiwan to get ready for Hato.

Due to the storm's approach, ferry services between Lanyu (Orchid Island) and Green Island off eastern Taiwan will be reduced to those carrying travelers back to Taitung County on Taiwan proper on Monday, according to ferry operators in Taitung.

The ferry services between Taitung and Lanyu and Green Island will all be canceled on Tuesday, the transport service providers said.

(By W. T. Chen, Flor Wang and Kuo Chung-han)