A tropical depression located east of Guam on Saturday strengthened into a tropical storm, named Haima, and is expected to affect Taiwan next Thursday and Friday, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said.
As of 8 a.m. Saturday, Haima was 2,800 kilometers away from Taiwan, moving in a west-northwesterly direction toward the Philippines' Luzon Island or the Bashi Channel, the bureau's data showed.
The CWB forecast that Haima will affect Taiwan's weather next Thursday and Friday, when it will be the closest to the island.
Also Saturday, the bureau issued a heavy rain alert for Taipei, New Taipei and Keelung cities and Yilan and Hualien counties due to strengthening northeast winds.
It advised residents living in mountainous areas to be on the alert for sudden downpours, thunder strikes and strong winds.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel