New tropical storm unlikely to affect Taiwan: CWB

Taipei-A new tropical storm has formed east of the Philippines but is not expected to have any significant impact on Taiwan as it is moving more toward the Philippines, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said on Friday.

The storm, which is named Pakhar and is now moving in a west northwestern direction, will make landfall in the Philippines late Friday if it continues on its current path, the bureau said.

However, its outer bands will bring rainfall to Hualien and Taitung counties in eastern Taiwan and areas in the south from Friday evening into Sunday, the bureau said.

On its current path, the storm is expected to hit the Philippines then move toward Macau, which will begin seeing the effects by Monday, the bureau said.

Travelers to Macau and the Philippines are advised to be on the alert, it said.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel