Land warning for Tropical Storm Hato lifted

Taipei-The land warning for Tropical Storm Hato has been lifted, a Central Weather Bureau (CWB) weatherman said Tuesday, but he warned people living in the Hengchun Peninsula and along Taiwan's east coast that they could still face strong winds and big waves.

The land warning was lifted at 11:30 a.m. as predicted, said CWB division chief Lo Ya-yin (???), but the sea warning for the storm remains in effect.

As of 11:30 a.m., Hato, the 13th storm of this year's Pacific typhoon season, was located 170 kilometers southwest of Taiwan's southernmost tip.

The storm was moving in a west to west-northwest direction at 25 kilometers per hour, packing sustained winds of 83 kph, with gusts of up to 108 kph, according to data on the official website of the Central Weather Bureau.

The sea warning advised vessels operating in waters in the Bashi Channel, south of the Taiwan Strait and surrounding the Pratas Islands in the South China Sea to be on alert.

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.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel