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Land and sea warnings for Matmo to be issued

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Central Weather Bureau (CWB) yesterday announced that it will be issuing a sea warning as soon as tonight and a land warning on Tuesday for the approaching Typhoon Matmo (麥德姆).

Stating on Saturday that July 21 will be a key date for determining whether typhoon alerts will be issued on land and sea, the CWB also confirmed earlier that the tropical depression has now strengthened to become a typhoon.

The route of the typhoon is gradually veering toward the north, increasing its threat to Taiwan.

Typhoon Matmo is currently located 1,400 kilometers southeast of Cape Eluanbi; its original course headed in a general northwest direction, but it is now moving west by northwest at a speed of 21 kilometers per hour as opposed to Saturday's 18.

The chances of Taiwan being affected by the typhoon have increased, said the CWB.

According to the CWB's latest path predictions for Matmo, it would be likely for the typhoon to enter Taiwan from the east coast of the island. However, there may also be a new 200-kilometer margin of error prediction released in another three days, the CWB added.

The direction and speed of Matmo will still likely make it the first typhoon to hit Taiwan this year, and Taiwan will most likely be affected by the typhoon one way or another, the CWB said, with the eastern and northern parts of the country predicted to experience showers on July 22 and the rain estimated to affect the entire country the next day.

Coastal residents should also be aware of the possibility of rogue waves on July 21.

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