CWB issues advisory for ships as Tropical Storm Noul nears
Taipei, Sept. 16 (CNA) Tropical Storm Noul, which formed early Wednesday, is unlikely to threaten Taiwan but could cause strong winds in the South China Sea, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said, cautioning ships in the area to stay alert.
As of 2 p.m. Wednesday, the storm was centered 1,050 kilometers south-southwest of Taiwan, moving at a speed of 13 kph in a west-northwesterly direction, CWB data showed.
With a radius of 80 km, Noul was carrying maximum sustained winds of 72 kph, with gusts of up to 101 kph, the bureau said.
On its current path, Noul is unlikely to significantly affect Taiwan, causing only some showers and thunderstorms on Friday, according to Wu Der-rong (吳德榮), a meteorologist and adjunct associate professor of atmospheric sciences at National Central University.
Conditions will remain unstable into Saturday, as a weather front is expected to approach as Noul moves away, he said.
The weather front will also bring showers and thunderstorms, particularly in mountainous areas, on Saturday, he said, adding that temperatures will also drop on the weekend.
Meanwhile, the weather will remain warm and sunny Wednesday and Thursday, according to Wu.
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