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Tembin skirts southern Taiwan; brings heavy rainfall

2012/08/28 12:42:42

Taipei, Aug. 28 (CNA) Typhoon Tembin skirted Taiwan's southernmost tip overnight, dumping heavy rain in the southern and southeastern part of the island, and continues to threaten parts of Taiwan despite being downgraded to a tropical storm, the Central Weather Bureau said Tuesday.

As of 10:15 a.m., Tembin was centered 140 kilometers north-northeast of the outlying Orchid Island, moving at a speed of 22 km per hour in a north-northeasterly direction.

It was packing winds of 119 kph, with gusts reaching 155 kph, according to the bureau, which downgraded Tembin to a tropical storm at 11 a.m.

Tembin drenched southern and southeastern Taiwan after its eye passed over waters about 10 km south of Eluanbi overnight.

Hungyeh Mountain in southeastern Taiwan was the area hardest hit by the storm Tuesday morning, recording accumulated precipitation of 144 mm between midnight and 10:40 a.m., bureau data showed.

Due to the influence of the stronger Typhoon Bolaven currently hovering near the Korean Peninsula, Tembin was being drawn up Taiwan's east coast at an accelerated speed, according to the bureau.

That meant that central and northern Taiwan are also likely to see strong gusts and heavy rains beginning later Tuesday, the bureau said.

Winds ranging between 40 and 90 kph will be felt in most parts of Taiwan before midnight, the bureau said, predicting that accumulated precipitation could reach 100-400 mm in low-lying areas across the island.

The storm is making its second pass over Taiwan in less than a week. As a typhoon, Tembin moved westward over and then away from Taiwan before being drawn back in the island's direction Sunday under the influence of Typhoon Bolaven.

Tembin also pelted parts of eastern and southern Taiwan with heavy rains during that period, including when it brought the heaviest rainfall in over a century to Hengchun Township in Pingtung County on Aug. 24.

(By Lee Hsin-Yin)