Tropical Storm Lekima to bring rain to northern, eastern Taiwan

Taipei, A tropical depression between Guam and the Philippines strengthened into Tropical Storm Lekima Sunday and is forecast to bring rain to northern and eastern Taiwan later this week, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said Sunday.

Lekima, the ninth storm of the Pacific typhoon season this year, is not expected to make a landfall in Taiwan, but the storm's peripheral effect is forecast to bring showers to northern and eastern Taiwan on Thursday and Friday, according to the CWB.

Other areas around Taiwan can expect cloudy to sunny weather on those two days, with the chance of thundershowers in the afternoon, the CWB said.

As of 2 p.m. Sunday, Lekima was located some 1,290 kilometers eastsoutheast of Taiwan's southernmost tip, moving at a speed of 5 kph in a northnorthwesterly direction, according to data from the bureau.

It was packing maximum sustained winds of 65 kph, with gusts reaching 90 kph.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel