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Tropical storm Hagibis to move up from west
Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2014-06-14 05:20 PM
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Tropical storm Hagibis was expected to move up the west side of Taiwan at the end of the weekend, reports said.

The Central Weather Bureau was widely expected to issue a sea warning for the seas around the island some time before midnight Saturday in what could be the first tropical storm to affect Taiwan this year, reports said.

A tropical depression situated more than 400 kilometers west-southwest from Taiwan’s most southern tip developed into a tropical storm on Saturday afternoon, according to data from Japanese meteorologists.

The storm was moving north at a slow speed of 8 kilometers per hour but was likely to edge in a more westerly direction later, forcing its center to pass over China’s Fujian Province Monday and Tuesday, though its eastern side would still affect Taiwan during the same period.

If its speed and direction did not change, the bureau was likely to issue sea warnings at around 11 or 11:30 p.m. on Saturday, reports said. It was however unlikely that land warnings would be issued outside of the islands of Penghu and Kinmen, reports said.

Southern Taiwan was likely to be subject to torrential rains, with a strong risk of flooding in low-lying areas, beginning Sunday, the bureau warned. The rainy area would begin to pull away from the island during Tuesday, according to forecasters.

Hagibis reportedly means “velocity” in Tagalog, the main language in the Philippines.

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