Taipei, June 27 (CNA) A tropical storm that developed near the Philippines late Tuesday is moving towards the Bashi Channel and could start affecting Taiwan by Thursday, the Central Weather Bureausaid Wednesday.
However, it is still too early to decide on a sea warning for Tropical Storm Doksuri, the sixth storm of the 2012 Pacific typhoon season, the weather bureau said.
As of 10 a.m. Wednesday, Doksuri was centered 1,050 kilometers southeast of Taiwan's southern tip, moving at a speed of 32 km per hour in a west-northwesterly direction.
It was packing maximum sustained winds of 72 kph, with gusts of up to 101 kph.
Doksuri's outer rim could bring showers to eastern and southern Taiwan starting Thursday and unstable weather is expected to prevail in other areas of the country over the weekend, the CWB forecast.
Based on the Doksuri's current track, its effectson Taiwan are expected to fade around June 30, the weather bureau said.
Doksuri means "raptor" in Korean.
(By Lee Hsin-Yin)