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Land warning for Typhoon Talim unlikely

2017/09/13 10:44:17

Taipei, Sept. 13 (CNA) Taiwan is not likely to issue a land warning for Typhoon Talim as the storm's path has shifted northwards, but the northern half of the island could still be hit by heavy rain, the Central Weather Bureau said Wednesday.

As of 8:30 a.m., the storm was located 510 kilometers east of Taiwan and was moving northwest at a speed of 17 kilometers per hour, but was expected to slow to 13 kph, bureau data showed.

It was packing sustained winds of 137 kph and gusts of up to 173 kph and had a radius of 200 km, according to bureau data.

Forecaster Chen Yi-hsiu (陳依秀) said that if Talim continues on its current course or veers further to the north or east, chances are slim that a land warning for Taiwan will be issued.

Chen warned, however, that areas north of Miaoli, especially Taipei, New Taipei and Keelung, should be prepared for heavy precipitation from Wednesday evening to Thursday morning.

Meanwhile, the air quality is expected to be fair in most of western Taiwan and the outlying islands of Matsu, Kinmen and Penghu on Wednesday and good in other parts of the country, according to the Environmental Protection Administration's air quality index.

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(By W.T. Chen and Flor Wang)