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Typhoon Kong-Rey unlikely to directly hit Taiwan: CWB

2018/10/02 23:23:48

Taipei, Oct. 2 (CNA) Super Typhoon Kong-Rey is unlikely to impact Taiwan directly, but its periphery will bring heavy rain to northern and eastern parts of the country, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said Tuesday.

As of 8 p.m., Kong-Rey was located about 1,140 kilometers east-southeast of Taiwan's southernmost tip Eluanbi and was traveling in a northwesterly direction at a speed of 18 kilometers per hour, according to the CWB.

Kong-Rey was packing maximum sustained winds of 198kph, with gusts of up to 244kph, according to CWB data.

The super typhoon is expected to pass by northeast Taiwan on Thursday and Friday, it said.

The weather bureau said there is a possibility it could issue a sea warning for the typhoon on the night of Oct. 3-4.

(By Fan Pei-ching and Ko Lin)