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Tembin forecast to move north; sea warning likely Tuesday

2012/08/20 11:37:19

Taipei, Aug. 20 (CNA) Tropical Storm Tembin, which is lingering at sea east of Luzon, Philippines, is forecast to move north slowly on Monday and begin to gather speed as it heads toward Taiwan the following day.

A sea warning may be issued Tuesday for the storm, the Central Weather Bureau said, cautioning boats operating in the Bashi Channel between Taiwan and the Philippines to be on alert.

As of 2 a.m. Monday, Tembin was centered 630 kilometers southeast of Eluanbi on the southernmost tip of Taiwan, moving in a north-northeasterly direction at a speed of 4 km per hour. It had moved 10 kilometers over the previous 18 hours.

It was packing sustained winds of 82 kph with gusts of up to 108 kph.

It will become clearer over the next two days whether the eye of the storm would make landfall in Taiwan, but it is expected to be closest to the island on Aug. 23, the bureau said.

On Monday, Taitung in eastern Taiwan and the Hengchun Peninsula in the south could expect scattered showers, while Yilan in the northeast and areas in the west are likely to experience afternoon thundershowers, the bureau said.

By Tuesday, the outer bands of the storm may start bringing intermittent rain and thunderstorms to eastern Taiwan, the bureau said.

(By Christie Chen)