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Taiwan could issue sea and land warnings for typhoon

Taiwan could issue sea and land warnings for typhoon

Taipei, Oct. 15 (CNA) Tropical Storm Koppu continues to move west and will likely turn into a moderate typhoon Friday and, depending on whether it veers northward, the weather authorities will not rule out the possibility of issuing sea and land warnings for Taiwan, a forecaster said Thursday. Koppu, located 1,260 km from Taiwan at 2 p.m. Thursday, was moving in a westerly direction toward the Philippines at a speed of 14 km per hour with sustained winds of 25 meters per second and wind gusts of up to 33 meters per second with a radius of 120 km, according to the Central Weather Bureau. Hsu Chung-yi (???), a CWB forecaster, said he would not rule out the possibility of issuing both sea and land warnings for the storm in the worst-case scenario that it hits Taiwan instead of traveling north toward China or past eastern Taiwan. Koppu has slowed down, a condition favorable for gathering momentum, at the earliest it could become a moderate typhoon early Friday, Hsu noted. Wu Teh-jung (???), a professor of meteorology at National Central University, said the probability of Koppu affecting Taiwan has risen, though chances are slim that it will become a severe typhoon. He told a TV audience that different forecasts were being made as to where the tropical storm will be traveling in the coming hours, with a Canadian simulation showing it will turn north in the sea east of Luzon Island and not affect Taiwan, but an American simulation indicates it will not turn north until it reaches Luzon and later make a landing on Taiwan. The British forecast is most favorable to Taiwan: Koppu will continue its westerly direction and spare Taiwan, Wu said. Though there is a high degree of uncertainty in predicting Koppu's path, Wu said available data shows that the chances of it moving past Taiwan's east coast are less than it moving toward the sea west of or near Taiwan, "so we have to watch it very closely." (By Chen Wei-ting and S.C. Chang)


Updated : 2021-09-17 05:44 GMT+08:00