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Tropical Storm Bailu develops southeast of Taiwan

2019/08/21 18:41:12

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Taipei, Aug. 21 (CNA) The 11th Pacific storm of the year has formed east-southeast of Taiwan and is expected to bring heavy rains to eastern parts of the country as it moves closer, the Central Weather Bureau said Wednesday.

As of 2 p.m., Tropical Storm Bailu was located 1,400 kilometers east-southeast of Taiwan, moving in a northwesterly direction at a speed of 16 kilometers per hour, the bureau said.

On its current track, Bailu is highly likely to hit Taiwan, but its path over the next few days will depend on the development of a high pressure system near the island, the bureau said.

In any event, the storm is expected to begin affecting Taiwan on the weekend, with the east coast and other parts of the country experiencing heavy rains, CWB said.

A sea warning for Bailu may be issued by Friday, and a land warning is also likely, the bureau said.

Meanwhile, on Wednesday at 2 p.m., an extremely heavy rain advisory was issued for 17 cities and counties across the country, including northern Taiwan, Nantou, Chiayi, Yunlin, Pingtung, Green and Orchid islands, mountainous areas of Yilan, and western parts of the country, due to the effects of a low pressure system and heat convection.

(By Flor Wang and S.F. Wang)