Tropical Storm Bopha to hit north, east, south Taiwan today

The China Post staff

The Central Weather Bureau (CWB) issued a land warning for Tropical Storm Bopha to the northern, northeastern and southeastern parts of Taiwan at around 810p.m., after issuing a sea warning earlier in the afternoon yesterday.

Tropical Storm Bopha, 660 kilometers east of Taipei as of 2:00 p.m. yesterday, has a radius of 180 kilometers and was moving in a west-south-west direction from an originally northwesterly direction at a speed of 19 kilometers per hour.

The storm, the 15th this year, may bring influence to the seas off the northern, northeastern and southeastern parts of Taiwan as early as this afternoon, the CWB said.

Though less strong in intensity, Bopha is expected to bring rains for the entire week to the northern and northeastern regions next week, with the rest of the island mostly cloudy.

The rainy and cloudy weather would also block the moon from being seen in the northern and northeastern parts on the Mid-Autumn festival, local reports said.