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Typhoon Chan-Hom approaching Taiwan

Typhoon Chan-Hom approaching Taiwan

Taipei, July 7 (CNA) Coming on the heels of Tropical Storm Linfa, Typhoon Chan-Hom is expected to pose a threat to northern Taiwan later this week, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said Tuesday. Typhoon Chan-Hom, which is still more than 2,000 kilometers away, is moving west-northwest at 32 kilometers per hour toward the island, according to the bureau, but it could eventually have a bigger impact on Taiwan than the tropical storm, which is already affecting the island. As of 12 p.m., Linfa was centered 240 kilometers southeast of Eluanbi, Taiwan's southernmost tip, moving at a speed of 9 km per hour in a northerly direction. The storm is expected to turn westward toward mainland China in the near future, which would reduce its impact on Taiwan, the bureau said. But the storm will still bring considerable rainfall to southern Taiwan between Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning before leaving Taiwan later Wednesday, the bureau said. Taitung, Pingtung, Kaohsiung and Tainan, in particular, should prepare for heavy rainfall, it warned. Typhoon Chan-Hom will follow, with the bureau expected to issue a sea warning for the typhoon between Wednesday night and Thursday morning at the earliest. According to meteorologist Wu Teh-jung (???), the intensity of Chan-Hom will continue to increase and pose a greater threat to Taiwan than Linfa. Wu predicted that Chan-Hom will sweep through waters north of Taiwan between Thursday and Friday and will come closest to Taiwan on Friday and Saturday. (By Chen Wei-ting and Y.F. Low)


Updated : 2021-09-24 14:48 GMT+08:00