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Typhoon Saola expected to drench northern Taiwan

2012/07/31 16:45:31

Taipei, July 31 (CNA) Northern and northeastern Taiwan could see more than 1,000 mm of accumulated rainfall until the weekend as barely moving Typhoon Saola continues to absorb moisture from the ocean, the Central Weather Bureau said Tuesday.

As of 2 p.m., the typhoon was centered 350 km east of Taiwan's southernmost tip, moving at a speed of 8 km per hour in a north-northwesterly direction.

It was packing sustained winds of 119 kph, with gusts reaching 155 kph, the bureau said.

The bureau said the impact of Saola could become more significant between Wednesday and Thursday, when the typhoon approaches waters east of Hualien County in eastern Taiwan.

Although it remained difficult to tell whether Saola will make landfall or skirt Taiwan's northeastern tip, it could bring torrential rain to the area, the bureau said.

It could also bring in northwesterly winds that might make it difficult for floodwater to drain from western Taiwan, the bureau said, urging precautionary measures as high tides are also expected around the same time.

Due to Saola's slow pace, the bureau said, an anticipated land warning scheduled to be issued in the afternoon was delayed, but could be issued later in the day.

(By Lee Hsin-Yin)
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