Depressions may become tropical storms: bureau
By Adam Tyrsett Kuo, The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Two tropical depressions are showing signs that they may develop into tropical storms, the Central Weather Bureau said yesterday, adding that starting from Aug. 20, the island will see further rainy weather.
August 18, 2013, 12:01 am TWN
Taiwan will be under a large low-pressure belt in the upcoming week, while two tropical depressions have formed off the island's eastern coast, one of which is situated 340 kilometers east from Cape Eluanbi (鵝鑾鼻), the southern most tip of Taiwan, the bureau said, adding that the tropical depression will move toward to the east first, after which it will make an about-face and head west toward Taiwan.
The other tropical depression is located roughly 1,000 kilometers off Taiwan's northeastern coast and is moving slowly in a westerly direction, the bureau said.
The bureau added that the tropical depression may develop into a tropical storm and enter the East China Sea, at which point it will be the closest to Taiwan on Aug. 19 or Aug. 20.
The tropical depression closer to Taiwan has a higher chance of becoming a tropical storm and will have a greater effect on the island, the bureau said.
As to the degree of the effect, the bureau said that it is still too early to say, adding that experts will have to wait until the depression moves west to make a more accurate forecast.