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Sea warning for Typhoon Talim expected at 11:30 a.m.

2017/09/12 10:43:11

Taipei, Sept. 12 (CNA) A sea warning for Typhoon Talim is expected at about 11:30 a.m. Tuesday as the storm moves toward northern Taiwan, according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).

The bureau said that Talim was upgraded from a tropical storm to a typhoon late Monday evening and is intensifying in strength, with a sea warning likely on Tuesday morning.

At 2 a.m. Tuesday, the storm was located at around 1,200 kilometers east of Eluanbi, Taiwan's southernmost tip, moving in a west-northwestly direction toward Taiwan at 29 kilometer per hour, the CWB said.

The bureau said the typhoon's impact on Taiwan will be more visible in the second half of Wednesday and Thursday.

With Talim growing in strength, the CWB said a land warning could be issued later in the day, though with the storm now heading north, it remains to be seen whether it will make landfall in Taiwan.

Daniel Wu (吳德榮), an independent meteorologist and adjunct professor at National Central University, agreed it is possible the storm will head in a more northerly direction, noting that such movement could cause Talim to move away from Taiwan, reducing the threat it poses.

However, Wu said people in Taiwan need to remain vigilant because even if the threat level is reduced, heavy rain is likely in northern areas.

On Tuesday, Taiwan is expected to have suffocatingly hot weather with temperature highs likely to range between 32 and 34 degrees Celsius throughout the country, while day time highs are expected to hit 36 degrees in Taipei, the CWB said.

Sporadic showers are forecast in southern Taiwan as well as mountainous areas in central and southern areas in the afternoon, while rain is expected in northern Taiwan, Yilan and Hualien tonight.

Air quality in central and southern Taiwan and outlying Kinmen is expected to be “unhealthy” for sensitive groups, while quality in other areas is expected to be good to fair, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). More details are available on the EPA website at http:/

(By Chen Wei-ting and Frances Huang)