New tropical depression forms in Western Pacific


TAIPEI, Taiwan — A new tropical depression has formed to the east of the Philippines barely two days after Typhoon Wipha swept across northern Taiwan, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said yesterday.

CWB meteorologists said the tropical depression was moving northwest at 10 kph and that they were monitoring it closely to see whether it might develop into a tropical storm or typhoon.

If the intensity of the tropical depression is upgraded to that of a tropical storm or typhoon, it will take the name “Francisco” and become the 13th named storm in the Western Pacific this year.

At the same time, an air mass of low pressure located east of the Philippines was also moving slowly in a northwesterly direction, while another low pressure system remained stationary between the Paracel Islands and the Macclesfield Bank in the South China Sea, according to the CWB experts.

They added that a vast disturbance currently covering the area from the Philippines to the South China Sea might generate more new low pressure systems at any time.