Typhoon Talim to bring heavy rain to northern Taiwan: CWB

2017/09/14 12:22:25
Typhoon Talim to bring heavy rain to northern Taiwan: CWB

Taipei, Sept. 14 (CNA) The radius of Typhoon Talim had reached sea areas north of Taiwan as of Thursday morning and its periphery is expected to bring heavy rain to areas north of Miaoli, according to a Central Weather Bureau (CWB) forecaster.

The typhoon is heading in a north-northeasterly direction and could pose a threat to sea areas north and northeast of the country, according to CWB division chief Lo Ya-yin (羅雅尹).

The winds around Talim's outer edge will continue to bring sporadic showers to northern Taiwan, Lo said, adding that the rain will gradually ease off later in the day.

As of 11 a.m., Talim, the 18th storm of this year's Pacific typhoon season, was located 360 kilometers northeast of Taipei, moving in a north-northeasterly direction at 8 kilometers per hour, according to CWB data.

It was packing maximum sustained winds of 173 kph and gusts of up to 209 kph, according to the data.

Because of the storm's periphery, the CWB issued heavy rain advisories for coastal areas of Keelung, the greater Taipei area and mountainous areas north of Miaoli.

The CWB also reminded people residing in areas north of Tainan and eastern Taiwan (including Green Island and Orchid Island) and the outlying islands of Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu to beware of gusty wind, while those in coastal areas of eastern, northern and southern Taiwan and the Hengchun peninsula should be alert to high seas.

Daytime high temperatures could hover between 29 degrees Celsius and 31 degrees in northern and northeastern Taiwan, and between 32 and 34 degrees in central and southern areas of the country, while Hualien and Taitung in eastern Taiwan could experience 35 degrees, with the chance of foehn winds, according to the CWB.

Affected by Talim's periphery, northern and northeastern Taiwan experienced occasional showers earlier Thursday, with rainfall most apparent in mountainous areas of Taoyuan, Hsinchu and other parts of northern Taiwan, according to Daniel Wu (吳德榮), an independent meteorologist and adjunct professor at National Central University.

(By Chen Wei-ting and Evelyn Kao)
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