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Typhoon Lan expected to cause high seas along Taiwan's coastline

2017/10/21 11:03:50

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Taipei, Oct. 21 (CNA) Residents in Taiwan's coastal areas should watch out for gusty winds and rogue waves caused by strong northeasterly winds and Typhoon Lan on Saturday and Sunday, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) warned.

While gusts of intensity 9-11 can be expected along Taiwan's coastline, there could be swells reaching heights of 5-7 meters in the country's northern and northeastern waters, the bureau said.

Typhoon Lan is the closest to Taiwan on Saturday and Sunday, when it is expected to pass through waters east of Japan's Okinawa Islands, the bureau said.

As of 9 a.m. Saturday, Lan was located around 1,000 kilometers east-southeast of Taipei, moving in a northerly direction toward waters south of Japan, CWB data showed.

According to the bureau, rogue waves are the most prevalent along Taiwan's coastline during the northeasterly wind season in the winter and during the typhoon season between July and September.

Over the last 15 years, more than 300 accidents linked to rogue waves have been reported in Taiwan, with an average of 25 people falling victim to such accidents every year, CWB statistics showed.

(By Wang Shu-fen and Y.F. Low)