Tropical depression forecast to snowball into storm: CWB
CNATAIPEI--A tropical depression strengthening in waters southeast of Taiwan could develop into a storm that may head toward the island on Aug. 20, the Central Weather Bureau said yesterday.
August 17, 2013, 12:04 am TWN
As of 2 p.m. Friday, the depression was centered some 300 kilometers east-southeast of the eastern county of Taitung, where it will either remain hovering or start to move eastward, depending on how it interacts with a low pressure system further to the east, forecasters said.
The two weather systems could eventually merge and move west, bringing rain and winds to Taiwan, the bureau predicted.
Although the depression's development is still unclear, its proximity to Taiwan caused concern because it means there will be less time to react if it does become a tropical storm.
The bureau cautioned that a more unstable weather pattern over the weekend could last into late next week, with sporadic extreme weather conditions likely.
Raindrops dot the windshield of a car in Taipei, yesterday afternoon. According to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB), a low-pressure air system located in waters southeast of Taiwan ...