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Taiwan expected to feel effects of Typhoon Haikui

2012/08/07 11:18:28

Taipei, Aug. 7 (CNA) Taiwan will feel the impact of Typhoon Haikui starting Tuesday even though the storm is passing well to the north of the island, according to the Central Weather Bureau.

The storm will bring heavy or torrential rain to parts of northern, central and southern Taiwan and localized rain to mountain areas as it moves closer to waters north of Taiwan, the bureau said.

As of 8 a.m. Tuesday, Haikui was centered 360 kilometers northeast of Taipei, moving in a west-northwesterly direction at a speed of 10 kilometers per hour.

It was packing sustained winds of 119 kph, with gusts reaching 155 kph, and winds were 54 kph over a 180 km radius. Those winds on the storm's periphery are expected to be felt in northern and northeastern Taiwan starting Tuesday, the bureau said.

It cautioned boats operating in waters north of Taiwan to be on alert and advised against beach activities, saying coastal areas in northern, northeastern and eastern Taiwan could see heavy waves.

(By Christie Chen)