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Tembin to make comeback, second sea warning issued (update)

Tembin to make comeback, second sea warning issued (update)

Taipei, Aug. 26 (CNA) Taiwan issued a second sea warning on Sunday for Typhoon Tembin, after it has turned south, appearing to be set for a counter-clockwise return to Taiwan. A sea warning was issued at 11:30 a.m. for Tembin, which was again upgraded from a tropical storm to a typhoon on Sunday. The Central Weather Bureau cautioned boats operating in the southern Taiwan Strait and the Bashi Channel between Taiwan and the Philippines, as well as near Pratas Islands in the South China Sea, to remain on alert. As of 11 a.m. Sunday, Tembin was centered 30 kilometers north of Pratas Islands, moving at a speed of 8 km per hour in an east-southeasterly direction. The typhoon was packing winds of 119 kph, with gusts reaching 155 kph. The bureau said if the typhoon maintains its current course and pace, a land warning could be issued early Monday for southwestern areas of Taiwan. It added that the typhoon could move northward through the seas east of Taiwan over the next few days and the impact of the typhoon is expected to be strongest on Tuesday and Wednesday. Tembin, which was on a westerly course away from Taiwan a day earlier, showed signs of returning to Taiwan on Sunday due to influences of Typhoon Bolaven, said the bureau. Bolaven was upgraded to a strong typhoon on Sunday and it was centered 820 km east of Taipei as of 8 a.m. and is moving at a speed of 18 kph in a northwesterly direction. Affected by Tembin, parts of Hengchun Peninsula on Taiwan's southern tip and southeastern Taiwan could see heavy rains on Sunday, while parts of the mountain areas in southern Taiwan could also see heavy rains after noon, said the bureau. Tembin has brought heavy rains to parts of eastern and southern Taiwan this week, including Friday's heaviest rainfall in over a century to Hengchun Township in southern Taiwan's Pingtung. It has also caused power outages, road closures and floods in some areas. Additionally, agricultural losses and facility damage from Tembin reached NT$168 million (US$5.6 million) as of 10 a.m. Sunday, according to the Council of Agriculture. (By Christie Chen)


Updated : 2021-01-23 14:03 GMT+08:00