Taiwan issues sea warning as Tropical Storm Bavi takes shape

Tropical Storm Bavi expected to bring heavy rain for 11 counties, cities in Taiwan

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(CWB photo)

(CWB photo)

Update: 08/22 4:14 p.m.

The CWB has added Taichung City and Taitung City to its heavy rain advisory list. It said 80 millimeters of rainfall or more is expected over a period of 24 hours.

Meanwhile, the bureau said open coastal areas on the Hengchun Peninsula in the south and Green and Orchid islands in the east could see heavy winds Saturday. It added that there would be high levels of humidity across the country when rain is absent.

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A tropical depression northeast of the Philippines intensified into Taiwan's eighth tropical storm of the year at 8 a.m. this morning (Aug. 22) and is expected to bring plenty of rain across the country.

At 10:30 a.m., the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) issued a sea warning for Tropical Storm Bavi (巴威) and heavy rain warnings for 11 counties and cities, including Keelung City, Taipei City, New Taipei City, Nantou County, Yunlin County, Chiayi County, Tainan City, Kaohsiung City, Pingtung County, Yilan County, and Hualien County.

According to the CWB, Tropical Storm Bavi is 140 kilometers southeast of Hualien moving north-northeast at a speed of 14 kilometers per hour. It has a radius of 60 km and is packing maximum sustained winds of 18 kph with gusts of up to 25 kph.

The weather bureau predicts that Bavi will continue to intensify, possibly into a typhoon, with its radius expanding to 150 km and maximum sustained winds increasing to 40 kph over the next 48 to 96 hours. However, the bureau said Bavi is unlikely to approach Taiwan and that the chance of a land warning is slim.

Despite the unlikelihood of Bavi making landfall in Taiwan, forecasters reminded people to bring an umbrella when they go outdoors. They also urged caution on beaches, reported CNA.