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Champi strengthens to typhoon; Koppu expected to bring rain to Taiwan

2015/10/14 19:12:47

(from the website of Central Weather Bureau)

Taipei, Oct. 14 (CNA) Two typhoons have developed over the Pacific, but so far, only Typhoon Koppu is projected to clip Taiwan, depending on the angle at which it turns north, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said Wednesday.

Koppu is expected to bring rain to Taiwan, but whether the typhoon itself will reach the island will only be clear Oct. 18.

As of 2 p.m. Wednesday, it was located 1,630 kilometers west-northwest of Cape Eluanbi, the southernmost point of Taiwan, moving at a speed of between 18 kph and 24 kph in a westerly direction.

With a radius of 120 kilometers, Typhoon Koppu was carrying maximum sustained winds of 65 kph, with gusts of up to 90 kph, the bureau data showed.

Meanwhile, the 25th typhoon of this year, named Champi, was centered 3,840 kilometers east of Cape Eluanbi as of 2 p.m., with maximum sustained winds of 65 kph and gusts of up to 90 kph.

With a radius of 120 kilometers, Typhoon Champi was recorded moving at a speed of between 19 kph and 22 kph in a west-northwesterly direction. However, it was forecast to change its course to a more westerly direction, taking it toward Japan, the bureau said.

(By Chen Wei-ting and Lee Mei-yu)
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