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Taiwan issues sea warning for Typhoon Tembin (update)

2012/08/21 19:30:28

Taipei, Aug. 21 (CNA) The Central Weather Bureau issued a sea warning for Typhoon Tembin Tuesday afternoon and predicted that the storm's strong winds and heavy rains would be felt in eastern Taiwan from late the following day.

As of 5 p.m., Tembin was located 460 km east of Eluanbi, Taiwan's southernmost tip, moving at a speed of 11 kph in a north-northwesterly direction.

It was packing sustained winds of 162 kph, with gusts reaching 198 kph, the bureau said.

The impact of Tembin could extend islandwide until Aug. 24, the bureau said, adding that a land warning is expected to be issued by Wednesday noon at the earliest.

Residents of Yilan, Hualien and Taitung counties on the eastern coast should stay alert because the typhoon is likely to make landfall in one of those three counties, the bureau said.

It said it remains possible for Tembin, which has almost reached the strength of a strong typhoon, to continue picking up strength before it hits Taiwan.

If the typhoon keeps its current path and development, the most extreme rainfall and gusts could take place between Aug. 23 and 24 across the island, according to the bureau's forecasts.

Meanwhile, as the typhoon and another developing tropical storm, Bolaven, are located 1,550 km apart from each other, there are currently no signs that they will interact, the bureau said.

(By Lee Hsin-Yin)