Fitow now a typhoon; land warning imminent
CNATAIPEI -- Tropical Storm Fitow has been upgraded to a typhoon and is expected to bring heavy rain to Northern and Northeastern Taiwan over the weekend, the Central Weather Bureau said yesterday.
October 5, 2013, 12:01 am TWN
The bureau said it is likely to issue a sea warning for the typhoon later in the day.
As of 2 a.m. Friday, Typhoon Fitow was centered about 940 kilometers east of Taiwan's southernmost tip of Eluanbi, moving in a north-northwesterly direction at a speed of 12 km per hour.
The storm is packing maximum sustained winds of 119 kph with gusts of 155 kph, and is expected to strengthen, the bureau said.
Fitow's current projection suggests that it is not likely to make landfall on Taiwan, but its outer rim, combined with seasonal winds from the northeast, could bring heavy rain over the weekend, forecasters said.
On its current path, the typhoon is expected to pass closest to Taiwan on Sunday, according to the bureau's latest bulletin.
Meanwhile, a tropical depression northeast of Guam developed into Tropical Storm Danas on Friday, but it is still too far from Taiwan to forecast its effects on the island, the weather bureau said.