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Tropical Storm Omais could form east of Taiwan Wednesday

Impact of Tropical Storm Omais on nation not yet known

Projected path of Tropical Storm Omais. (JTWC map)

Projected path of Tropical Storm Omais. (JTWC map)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A tropical depression forming to the east of Taiwan is predicted to become a tropical storm as soon as Wednesday (Aug. 18), but the extent to which it will impact the country is not yet known.

Meteorologist Wu Der-rong (吳德榮) on Tuesday predicted that a tropical storm loitering in the Western Pacific could intensify into Tropical Storm Omais (奧麥斯) as early as Wednesday and move towards Guam.

Wu said that according to a projection by the U.S. Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC), after passing over Guam, Omais will bend northwest and eventually reach some point between Okinawa Island and the northern tip of the Philippine island of Luzon by Sunday (Aug. 22), making the east coast of Taiwan the midpoint between these two extremes.

Wu pointed out that the latest model by the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) has the storm shifting further north towards Japan and bypassing Taiwan entirely. However, Taiwan's Central Weather Bureau (CWB) has it moving further south towards southern Taiwan and the northern part of the Philippines by Sunday.

Meteorologist and WeatherRisk Explore Inc CEO Peng Chi-ming (彭啟明) said that although it could soon become a tropical storm, conditions are not currently ideal for it to maintain momentum, and it could start to lose strength. Peng said that the conditions for the development of the tropical cyclone are ebbing and flowing, making its future status uncertain.

Tropical Storm Omais could form east of Taiwan Wednesday
Predicted path of Tropical Storm Omais. (CWB map)

Updated : 2022-01-26 02:23 GMT+08:00