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CWB issues maritime alert, says not much rain expected as Typhoon Aere veers east

The China Post news staff -- Typhoon Aere, the first typhoon of the year, is not expected to bring much rain to Taiwan as it may stray eastward, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said yesterday after issuing a maritime alert in the morning.

The latest projected path of Aere's movement points to its future passage over the seas east of Taiwan, thus making an on-land typhoon alert much less likely, CWB said in a forecast.

As of noon yesterday, Aere was centered more than 500 km south southeast of Oluanpi at the southernmost tip of Taiwan, moving north-northwest in the general direction of the main Philippine island of Luzon at a speed of 18 kph.

After its passage through Luzon, Aere is expected to turn north and come closest to Taiwan today and tomorrow, according to a CWB forecaster, who said the high pressure over the Pacific Ocean would dissipate and draw the typhoon out to sea.

As such, the chance of Aere affecting Taiwan is very small, the CWB forecaster said, adding that the most likely scenario would be for its peripheral cloud system to skirt the island's eastern shore.

Isolated showers were expected yesterday in eastern and southern Taiwan as the areas came under the influence of the typhoon's periphery, but not western Taiwan, where water levels in reservoirs are about to hit rock bottom.

As of noon yesterday, no rain was reported in any of those areas.

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 CWB issues maritime alert, says not much rain expected as Typhoon Aere veers east 
This photo image captured from the website of the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) at 8 p.m. yesterday shows Typhoon Aere heading northeast. The CWB expects the wind speed of Typhoon Aere to grow, as indicated by its track turning from green to red, but it will also be shifting away from Taiwan. (Courtesy of Central Weather Bureau)

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