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Tropical Storm Talim moves closer to Taiwan

2012/06/20 10:56:25

Taipei, June 20 (CNA) The Central Weather Bureau extended the land warning for Tropical Storm Talim early Wednesday to all parts of Taiwan and warned of heavy rainfall in the island's central and southern regions.

As of Wednesday at 10 a.m., the storm was centered 150 kilometers west-southwest of the outlying county of Penghu, moving at a speed of 33 km per hour in a northeasterly direction.

It was packing maximum sustained winds of 83 kph, with gusts reaching 108 kph.

The bureau said the strength of the storm had weakened slightly, but forecast that its strong southwestern winds would still bring significant rainfall to areas south of Taichung.

The bureau predicted that Talim will soon begin moving at an accelerated speed of 42 kph and pass over northern Taiwan in the next 24 hours, and will be centered 430 km northeast of Taipei by 8 a.m. Thursday.

(By Lee Hsin-Yin)