Tropical Storm Lekima unlikely to affect Taiwan


TAIPEI, Taiwan — Tropical Storm Lekima, the 14th named storm in western Pacific this year, came into being in the South China Sea yesterday, but is unlikely to affect Taiwan, according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).

CWB meteorologists said that Lekima, located at more than 800 km southwest of Taiwan’s Hengchun peninsula, was moving westward at 27 km per hour, and is expected to slow down to 10 km per hour and move in a west-northwesterly direction toward China’s Hainan Island.

The storm has a radius of 150 km, with maximum center winds of 20 meters per second and gusts reaching 28 meters per second.

According to the CWB weather experts, a high pressure system to the north of Taiwan is expected to move toward Lekima’s low pressure and the easterly winds caused by the movement could increase the chances of rain in Taiwan’s eastern region.