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Sea warning for Tropical Storm Kai-Tak to be issued Tuesday

2012/08/13 13:14:26

Taipei, Aug. 13 (CNA) A sea warning will be issued Tuesday for Tropical Storm Kai-Tak, the season's 13th tropical storm, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said Monday.

As of 8 a.m. Monday, Kai-Tak was centered some 980 kilometers southeast of Eluanbi on the southernmost tip of Taiwan, in the area east of the Philippine island of Luzon, the bureau said.

The storm was moving in a northwesterly direction at a speed of 12 km per hour, according to the bureau.

With a radius of 100 km, Kai-Tak was packing sustained winds of 64.8 kph, with gusts of up to 90 kph, the bureau said.

If the storm maintains its current course, it may begin to bring rain to northern and eastern Taiwan Wednesday, CWB meteorologists said.

As high waves are expected in waters off eastern Taiwan, they said, the bureau will issue a sea warning for the storm Tuesday.

With Kai-Tak expected to move toward Taiwan, chances are high that the bureau will issue a land warning for the storm soon afterwards, the forecasters added.

(By Wanbg Shu-fen and Sofia Wu)