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Land warning issued for moderate Typhoon Soulik (update)

2013/07/11 22:40:49

Taipei, July 11 (CNA) Taiwan's Central Weather Bureau issued a land warning Thursday night for Typhoon Soulik, which weakened into a moderate typhoon, cautioning the public to be prepared for heavy rain around the country beginning Friday afternoon.

The land warning was issued at 8:30 p.m. for Soulik, the seventh tropical storm to have formed in the 2013 Pacific typhoon season.

The bureau said the eye of the typhoon is approaching eastern Taiwan and is expected to threaten northeastern Taiwan's Yilan and the eastern county of Hualien from Friday.

Beginning Friday afternoon, Yilan and New Taipei could see extremely heavy rain, with accumulated rainfall exceeding 350 millimeters in a 24-hour period, the bureau said. Eastern Taiwan could see heavy rain and mountain areas there could expect torrential rain, with accumulated rainfall exceeding 200 mm in 24 hours, it added.

From Friday evening, torrential rain could fall in areas north of central Taiwan and mountain areas in southern and southeastern Taiwan, while extremely heavy rain could fall in mountain areas north of central Taiwan, it said.

The bureau cautioned people in these areas to be aware of rock falls, landslides, flash floods and flooding in low-lying areas.

It also cautioned boats operating in waters north, northeast and southeast of Taiwan, and those on the Bashi Channel between Taiwan and the Philippines, to be on alert.

As of 9:15 p.m. Thursday, Soulik was centered some 710 km east southeast of Yilan, moving in a westerly direction at a speed of 23 kph, the weather bureau said.

The storm was packing sustained winds of 173 kph, with gusts of up to 209 kph.

(By Christie Chen)