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CWB lifts sea warning as Jelawat veers from Taiwan

TAIPEI--The Central Weather Bureau lifted a sea warning for Typhoon Jelawat Friday as the storm weakened and moved farther away from Taiwan.

The storm was centered 340 kilometers east of Hualien County on Taiwan's east coast at 5:30 p.m., moving in a northeasterly direction at a speed of 19 kph that was expected to accelerate later to 28 kph, the bureau said.

Though the typhoon is moving away from Taiwan, its periphery will continue to affect the island, delivering torrential rain to areas in northern and northeastern Taiwan between Friday night and Saturday morning, meteorologists predicted.

As of 8:30 p.m. Friday, 208.5 millimeters of rainfall had accumulated on Taiping Mountain in the northeastern county of Yilan since midnight Thursday, the most of any part of the island, according to bureau data.

The next hardest hit area was mountainous Niaozuishan in Hsinchu County with a total of 178 mm of rain, followed by Pinglin District in New Taipei with accumulated rainfall of up to 153 mm.

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