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Second land warning issued for Typhoon Tembin

2012/08/27 12:01:35

Taipei, Aug. 27 (CNA) A land warning was issued for Typhoon Tembin again early Monday as the storm was heading back to Taiwan after pounding the south of the island with the heaviest rains in more than a century a few days ago.

The Central Weather Bureau issued the second land warning for Tembin at 2:30 a.m. Monday after the storm regained strength and changed its course to a northeasterly direction.

As of 11:30 a.m., Tembin was centered some 300 kilometers southwest of Eluanbi on the southernmost tip of Taiwan, the bureau said, adding that the eye of the typhoon is expected to be located some 90 km north-northeast of Eluanbi as of 11 a.m. Tuesday.

Tembin was packing winds of 126 kph, with gusts reaching 162 kph at around 11:30 a.m. Monday, according to the bureau.

The areas to be most vulnerable to Tembin include Pingtung County and Kaohsiung in the south and the southeastern county of Taitung.

The bureau issued a second sea warning for the typhoon Sunday, urging boats operating in the southern Taiwan Strait and the Bashi Channel between Taiwan and the Philippines, as well as near the Pratas Islands (known locally as Dongsha Islands) in the South China Sea to remain on alert.

Tembin will begin to hit southern Taiwan with winds and rains later in the day, meteorologists said, adding that central Taiwan and Hualien County in eastern Taiwan will also come under the influence of the storm early Tuesday.

It remains uncertain whether and where the eye of the typhoon will make landfall, the bureau said.

Even if the typhoon does not make a landfall, the bureau said, the storm may still cause damage to Taiwan.

Tembin, which was on a westerly course away from Taiwan Saturday, showed signs of returning to Taiwan Sunday due to influences of Typhoon Bolaven, said the bureau.

Last week, Tembin brought heavy rains to parts of eastern and southern Taiwan, including Aug. 24's heaviest rainfall in over a century to Pingtung's Hengchun Township.

Agricultural losses and facility damage from Tembin had reached NT$168 million (US$5.6 million) as Sunday, the Council of Agriculture said.

(By Lin Shen-hsu and Sofia Wu)