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Tropical Storm Tembin forms, could threaten Taiwan

2012/08/19 14:04:02

Taipei, Aug. 19 (CNA) A tropical depression that was upgraded to Tropical Storm Tembin Sunday as it approached the Philippines could threaten Taiwan later this week, according to the Central Weather Bureau.

As of 8 a.m. that day, Tembin was centered 640 km southeast of Eluanbi on the southernmost tip of Taiwan, with the center of the storm appearing stationary, said the bureau.

The 14th storm of the 2012 Pacific typhoon season was packing sustained winds of 64 kph, with gusts of up to 90 kph.

The bureau said Tembin is forecast to spin very slowly in the same area Sunday and Monday, before moving in a northwesterly direction toward northern Taiwan Aug. 21.

Rain could be expected in eastern Taiwan from Aug. 21 and in northern Taiwan from Aug. 22, and showers or thunderstorms could be experienced around the island from Aug. 23, when the storm is expected to come closest to land, said the bureau.

Heavy seas could be expected along Taiwan's southeastern coast and in the Bashi Channel between Taiwan and the Philippines from Monday, it said.

However, the degree of its influence on Taiwan remains to be seen and the issuing of sea or land warnings will also depend on the storm's track, said the bureau.

(By Christie Chen)
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