Storm likely to bring sea warning on Mid-Autumn Festival
CNATAIPEI -- A sea warning could be issued as soon as Thursday for Tropical Storm Usagi, which threatens to dampen holiday spirits — and travelers themselves — during the upcoming Mid-Autumn Festival long weekend.
September 18, 2013, 12:11 am TWN
Showers and sustained rain are expected islandwide starting Thursday, the first day of the holiday break, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said Tuesday, foiling plans for traditional holiday activities like barbecues and moon-watching.
Usagi, the 19th tropical storm of the year, was located over 1,000 kilometers east of the Philippines as of Tuesday afternoon, according to the bureau.
The CWB predicts that the storm will pass through the Bashi Channel south of Taiwan and bring heavy rain to the south of the country over the next few days.
Eastern and northern regions of Taiwan will start to feel the effects of the storm as early as Wednesday.
While it expects to issue the sea warning on Thursday, the bureau will not be able to confirm whether a land warning will be issued until Wednesday at the earliest, it said.
According to the CWB website, Usagi was moving westward with a slow forward speed of 10 kilometers per hour towards the Batanes-Taiwan Area as of Tuesday afternoon. It was packing winds of 18 meters per second with gusts of 25 mps.