Land warning for Tropical Storm Hato expected to be lifted by noon

Taipei-The land warning for Tropical Storm Hato will likely be lifted before noon Tuesday, a weatherman at the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said as the storm's periphery continued to pass over the Hengchun Peninsula in southern Taiwan.

The storm is heading in a westerly direction, and its speed is accelerating, said CWB division chief Lo Ya-yin (???), who predicted the land warning will be lifted at 11:30 a.m.

As of 10:15 a.m., Hato, the 13th storm of this year's Pacific typhoon season, was located 140 kilometers southwest of Taiwan's southernmost tip.

The storm was moving in a west to west-northwest direction at 23-27 kilometers per hour, packing sustained winds of 72 kph, with gusts of up to 101 kph, according to data on the official website of the Central Weather Bureau.

The storm's periphery is passing over Hengchun Peninsula and remains a threat to both the peninsula and the rest of Pingtung County, the weather bureau said.

Because of the storm, the CWB issued torrential rain advisories for Taitung, Hualien, and Pingtung counties and extremely heavy rain or heavy rain advisories for mountainous areas in Yilan and Kaohsiung.

Lo reminded people residing in the southwestern areas of Taiwan to beware of flooding due to high waves.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel