Chaba strengths into typhoon, will head to Japan

Tropical storm Chaba strengthened into a typhoon Saturday night, but will veer off north near Japan's Okinawa Monday and is not expected to hit Taiwan, the Central Weather Bureau said Sunday.

The typhoon is expected to be closest to Okinawa Monday, and the northeast winds it packs are forecast to bring showers to the northern part of Taiwan, it said.

Chaba was located 1,000 kilometers south south-east off Taiwan's southernmost tip Eluanbi at 8:00 a.m. Sunday, moving at 26 km per hour in a northwestern direction toward the southern part of Japan, bureau data showed.

Although the chance of Chaba hitting Taiwan is slim, the bureau said it will continue closely watching its development as several variables remain, It urged Japan-bound travelers to be cautious and pay attention to flight information.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel