Typhoon Rammasun to bring rain, heavy waves
Central News Agency
2014-07-16 11:49 AM
Taipei, July 16 (CNA) Typhoon Rammasun is likely to bring rain and rough waves to Taiwan on Wednesday as it passes over waters south of the island, the Central Weather Bureau said. As of 2 a.m. Wednesday, the storm was centered about 910 kilometers south of Taiwan's southernmost tip of Eluanbi, moving in a west-northwesterly direction at a speed of 25 km per hour. It is packing maximum sustained winds of 162 kph, with gusts reaching 198 kph, the bureau said. Southern and eastern Taiwan could see rain as Rammasun heads toward the South China Sea, while northern and central Taiwan might experience afternoon thunderstorms, forecasters said. The storm is not likely to hit Taiwan directly, but people traveling to the Philippines should be prepared for flight disruptions due to its influence, the bureau said. Rammasun's outer band could also send temperatures up in northern Taiwan as its winds hit the mountains and heat up as they blow down the sheltered side of the mountains, according to the bureau. Daytime highs in the region could hit 36 degrees Celsius, 1-2 degrees higher than peak temperatures on Tuesday, it said. Meanwhile, the bureau cautioned against waves that could reach up to 4 meters high along coastal areas in northern, eastern, southern and southwestern Taiwan. (By Lee Hsin-Yin)
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