Tropical storm set to bring much rainfall from tomorrow: CWB
By John Liu, The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- A tropical storm forming in waters southeast of Taiwan could bring significant rain to the island starting from tomorrow, the Central Weather Bureau said yesterday.
August 19, 2013, 12:02 am TWN
As of 8 a.m., Tropical Storm Trami was 700 kilometers east-southeast of the southernmost tip of Taiwan, moving in an east-northeast direction at 8 km per hour, the bureau said.
Trami is expected to affect Taiwan starting tomorrow and to exert its full impact on Taiwan on Wednesday and Thursday.
Because the tropical storm is moving slowly, it is expected to bring high levels of rainfall to the island while passing over it. Since a spring tide is also expected to occur on Wednesday, people in coastal areas should take precautions against flooding.
High waves may occur along the north, east and southwest coasts as well as Hengchun Peninsula in Pingtung County, and the public should stay away from coastal areas.
The strength of the storm's impact remains to be observed; however, it will certainly impact Taiwan, and people should take careful precautions, the bureau said.
The storm was described as packing sustainable winds of 65 kph, with gusts reaching 90 kph. Due to its mixing with a low pressure system to the east, Trami is expected to continue moving east, but might eventually turn west, bringing rain and winds to the island, forecasters said.
Trami, which means “Rose” in Vietnamese, is the 12th storm of the 2013 Pacific typhoon season. At about 7 p.m. yesterday, the 13th storm, Pewa, was located 6,000 kilometers from Taiwan. Pewa is forecast to turn north and is not expected to affect Taiwan.
Temperatures are expected to stay high today between 32-34 degrees Celsius. Brief rains may be seen in Southern Taiwan, while afternoon thundershowers could occur elsewhere. Trami might bring some relief from the high temperatures as it passes.