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Torrential rain could continue to affect Taiwan next week

2012/06/17 14:11:53

Taipei, June 17 (CNA) Taiwan could see torrential rain again this week as Typhoon Guchol, moving in a northerly direction, could induce strong southwesterly air currents, the Central Weather Bureau said Sunday.

The typhoon, which was upgraded to a strong typhoon late Saturday, will not have a direct impact on Taiwan, but could trigger torrential rain in central and southern Taiwan from June 19-22, said the bureau.

Other parts of Taiwan could also see extremely heavy rain, it said, cautioning the public to take precautions over the next two days to avoid flood damage.

As of 8 a.m. Sunday, Typhoon Guchol was centered 900 km southeast of Taiwan's southernmost tip, moving at 24 kph in a northerly direction and packing maximum sustained winds of 183 kph, with gusts reaching 226 kph.

The typhoon could also bring heavy seas to the east and southwest coast of Taiwan, said the bureau, cautioning people to pay attention to safety when engaging in activities at the seaside.

Meanwhile, with the front moving away, weather around Taiwan was likely to be more stable Sunday, the bureau said.

However, a southerly wind could still bring intermittent rain to southern and eastern Taiwan and afternoon thundershowers to areas north of central Taiwan, it added.

(By Christie Chen)