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Weather bureau downplays CNN typhoon report

Weather bureau downplays CNN typhoon report

Taipei, July 8 (CNA) The head of the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) urged the public Wednesday not to panic over approaching Typhoon Chan-hom following a report by CNN that it has a good chance of becoming a super typhoon.
Bureau chief Shin Tzay-chyn said that neither the strength nor trajectory of Chan-hom is unusual for Taiwan and added that the country's handling of previous heavy storms, including Kalmaegi in 2008 and Morakot in 2009, has enabled it to better protect itself.
Typhoon Chan-hom could pose a strong threat to the region as it continues to pick up strength, according to a CNN weather forecast, with anchor Tom Sater describing the storm as a "cannonball."
"...if (Chan-hom) gets up to 240 (kph), that will be a super typhoon status," Sater said while predicting the typhoon's development over the next few days.
As of 5:30 p.m., Chan-hom was centered 1,240 km east-southeast of Taipei, moving at a speed of 22 kph in a northwesterly direction.
It was packing sustained winds of 136.8 kph, with maximum sustained winds of 172.8 kph, the bureau said.
On Chan-hom's current path, it's center could pass over waters north of Taiwan between Friday and Saturday before heading toward China, according to CWB data.
The bureau said that a sea warning could be issued Thursday morning, followed by a land warning that afternoon. It added that the storm could have a significant impact on northern Taiwan. (By Chen Wei-ting and Lee Hsin-Yin)


Updated : 2021-09-28 20:51 GMT+08:00