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March 31, 2017

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CWB forecasts between three and five typhoons this season

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Central Weather Bureau (CWB) yesterday announced its estimates for this typhoon season, saying that three to five typhoons may hit Taiwan this year.

The bureau said that according to international studies, around 29 to 32 typhoons are expected in the western waters of the northern Pacific Ocean this year, noting that the number of typhoons is expected to be more than the average annual number of 25.7.

There have already been seven typhoons in the western waters of the northern Pacific Ocean so far this year, which is 4.3 typhoons more than the average number, the CWB pointed out.

Noting that sea temperatures in tropical zones in the central Pacific Ocean and Taiwan's eastern waters are gradually increasing, the CWB said it is very likely that El Nino will develop in the second half of this year.

The CWB further said that according to research, while El Nino is potentially developing, the locations of the potential storms in the northwestern Pacific are likely to be in a more eastern area compared with storms in the past few years. The bureau said, however, that if those potential typhoons come near Taiwan, the storms are likely to be stronger than those of the past few years.

The CWB urged local governments and the public to pay more attention to the weather forecast and be prepared for the coming typhoon season.

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