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Typhoon Soulik continues to intensify: CWB

2013/07/09 23:06:39

(From the Central Weather Bureau website)

Taipei, July 9 (CNA) In its latest bulletin on Typhoon Soulik issued late Tuesday, the Central Weather Bureau said the storm has further intensified and could become a strong typhoon.

As of 8 p.m., Soulik's eye was located some 1,800 km east of Eluanbi, the southernmost tip of Taiwan, moving in a west northwest direction at a speed of 22 kph, said the CWB.

Its maximum sustained wind speed had increased to 40 meters per second from 35 meters per second recorded earlier that afternoon, the bureau said.

It said that the strength of Soulik could reach the ceiling of the moderate typhoon category, but added that the possibility of its developing into a strong typhoon could not be ruled out.

If it maintains its current speed and direction, a sea warning is expected to be issued during the day Thursday, to be followed by a land warning, possibly that evening, the bureau said.

(By Wang Shu-fen and Jay Chen)