Sea warning issued for Tropical Storm Guchol

Taipei-A sea warning has been issued in Taiwan for Tropical Storm Guchol, while central and southeastern areas of the country can expect significant rainfall on Thursday, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said Wednesday.

Guchol, which developed into a tropical storm early Wednesday, was located some 190 kilometers south of Eluanbi, Taiwan's southernmost point, as of 10:30 a.m., according to the CWB.

Carrying maximum sustained winds of 65 km per hour, the storm was in the Bashi Channel, moving northwest toward the Taiwan Strait at a speed of 9 km per hour, CWB data showed.

The storm is expected to pass close to Taiwan on Thursday, bringing heavy rain to southern and southeastern parts of the country, the CWB said.

In the northern half of the country, occasional afternoon thundershowers can be expected, the CWB said.

Meanwhile, the weather will remain hot and muggy across Taiwan on Wednesday, with highs of 36 degrees Celsius in the greater Taipei area, and 32-35 degrees in the rest of the country, according to the CWB. It said mountainous areas throughout the country are likely to see afternoon thundershowers on Wednesday.

As of 11:00 a.m., the air quality around Taiwan was fair to good, according to data from the Taiwan Air Quality Monitoring Network under the Environmental Protection Administration.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel