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Newly-formed Tropical Storm Melor unlikely to affect Taiwan: CWB

Newly-formed Tropical Storm Melor unlikely to affect Taiwan: CWB

A tropical storm that has formed off Guam Friday is not expected to threaten Taiwan, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said, with an expert explaining that it is not uncommon for tropical storms to form in December.

As of 2 p.m. Friday, Tropical Storm Melor was centered 2,370 km southeast of Eluanbi, the southernmost tip of Taiwan, moving at a speed of 27 km per hour in a west-northwesterly direction toward the Philippines, according to the bureau.

Melor, the 27th storm of the 2015 Pacific typhoon season, was packing sustained winds of 65 kph, with gusts reaching 90 kph, the bureau said. The storm could move toward the Philippines, but chances are slim that it will affect Taiwan directly, according to forecasters.

It is not uncommon for tropical storms to arise in December, when an average of 1.3 such storms are formed each year during that period, said Wu Der-rong, a professor at National Central University's Department of Atmospheric Sciences.

Another low pressure system near Guam is also developing and may turn into a tropical storm, Wu predicted.

Nevertheless, with the formation of Melor this month, the West Pacific has now seen tropical storms develop in all 12 months of the year for the first time in history, the CWB said. (By Chen Wei-ting and Lee Hsin-Yin)


Updated : 2021-09-27 08:06 GMT+08:00