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Tropical Storm Malakas may strengthen into typhoon: CWB

Tropical Storm Malakas may strengthen into typhoon: CWB

Tropical Storm Malakas, which was located some 1,470 kilometers southeast of Taiwan's southernmost tip as of 1 p.m. Wednesday, could strengthen into a typhoon later that day, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said Wednesday.

A sea warning for Malakas could be issued late Thursday or Friday, said Hsieh Ming-chang, a section chief at the bureau.

Malakas, the 16th storm to form in the Pacific in this year's typhoon season, is estimated to veer north from waters east of Taiwan on Saturday, Hsieh said.

Malakas will be following on the heels of Typhoon Meranti, which is estimated to bring strong wind and rain to Taiwan Wednesday and Thursday.

As of 1:15 p.m. Wednesday, Meranti was centered 90 kilometers west-northwest of Hengchun Township in Pingtung County, moving at a speed of 18 kph in a northwesterly direction, the bureau said.

The typhoon was carrying maximum sustained winds of 191 kph, with gusts of up to 234 kph, according to CWB data. (By Chen Wei-ting and Christie Chen)


Updated : 2021-04-19 12:18 GMT+08:00