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Typhoon Tembin's periphery reaches Taiwan

2012/08/23 17:57:41

Taipei, Aug. 23 (CNA) The outer band of Typhoon Tembin reached land Thursday afternoon after the weather system increased its speed and moved toward Taiwan earlier in the day, according to the Central Weather Bureau.

As of 4 p.m., Tembin was located 190 km east of Taitung County in eastern Taiwan, moving at a speed of 9 kph in a westerly direction.

The typhoon had slightly picked up strength and was packing sustained winds of 155 kph, with gusts reaching 191 kph, the bureau said.

Increasing wind and rain could be expected in Taiwan from Thursday evening, the bureau added, warning of torrential rain in mountainous areas of eastern Taiwan.

The impact of Tembin is likely to extend to central and southern Taiwan from Friday, when the typhoon might make landfall in southeastern Taiwan.

Accumulated rainfall until the weekend is expected to reach up to 600-1,000 mm nationwide, according to the forecasters.

Meanwhile, Bolaven, another developing typhoon situated east of Tembin, was moving at a speed of 15 kph in a northwesterly direction toward Taiwan.

The distance between the two storms had reduced to about 1,200 km, meaning there is an increased chance that they will interact with each other in the coming days, the bureau said.

(By Lee Hsin-Yin)