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Taiwan issues land warning for Typhoon Saola (update)

2012/07/31 22:48:34

Taipei, July 31 (CNA) The Central Weather Bureau issued a land warning for eastern Taiwan as well as the outlying Green Island and Orchid Island for Typhoon Saola late Tuesday, predicting torrential rain in these areas overnight.

As of 8:00 p.m., the slow-moving typhoon was centered 330 km east of Taiwan's southernmost tip, moving at a speed of 9 km per hour in a north-northwesterly direction.

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

It said Yilan County, New Taipei, Taoyuan County, Hsinchu County and Miaoli County are the areas that are most likely to be affected until Wednesday.

Among these areas, Yilan could expect 400-700 millimeters of accumulated rainfall over the next 24 hours, according to bureau forecasts.

Meanwhile, as the typhoon might move closer to land between late Wednesday and Thursday, more regions will experience extreme rainfall.

However, it remained unclear if Saola will make landfall or skirt Taiwan's northeastern tip, the bureau said.

It also cautioned that Saola's outer rim could bring strong wind to western Taiwan, while mudslides and flooding are likely in low-lying areas.

Many regions across the island experienced substantial rainfall throughout Tuesday.

A sea warning was issued late the previous day for Saola.

(By Lee Hsin-Yin)