Super Typhoon Trami unlikely to make landfall in Taiwan: CWB

Taipei, Sept. 25 (CNA) The odds are slim that Super Typhoon Trami will make landfall in Taiwan, but its periphery could bring rain to the country, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said Tuesday.

CWB forecaster Kuan Hsin-ping (???) said Super Typhoon Trami is expected to move closer to Taiwan starting Friday but is unlikely to directly hit the island.

As of 8 a.m. Tuesday, the storm was located about 880 kilometers east-southeast of Taiwan's southernmost tip and moving at a speed of 3 kilometers per hour in a north-northwesterly direction.

It is carrying maximum sustained winds of 191 kph and gusts of up to 234 kph.

The CWB said Typhoon Trami had slowed dramatically from its speed of 15 kph on Monday, and it is expected to slow further to below 2 kph over the next 12 to 24 hours.

Kuan said that with Trami approaching Taiwan, its periphery is expected to affect the local weather until the storm moves away, likely after Sunday.

On Tuesday, the weather will remain under the influence of ongoing northeasterly winds that could result in downpours in certain parts of Taiwan during the day.

According to the CWB, heavy rain is possible for Keelung and coastal areas in Taiwan, the Greater Taipei area and Yilan.

In central and southern Taiwan, sporadic showers are forecast for mountainous areas, the bureau said.

Due to the rain, daytime temperatures in northern Taiwan are expected to range between a relatively comfortable 28 and 30 degrees Celsius, while central and southern Taiwan will face muggy conditions and temperatures of 32-33 degrees, Kuan said.

She said coastal areas in northern and eastern Taiwan, including Green Island and Orchid Island, and the Hengchun Peninsula, are likely to see high waves on Tuesday.

Strong winds are forecast for northern and eastern Taiwan, the Hengchun Peninsula and the outlying Kinmen, Penghu and Matsu islands, Kuan said.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel