Storm regains power, may not make landfall: CWB


TAIPEI–Tropical Storm Banyan, recently downgraded to a tropical depression, is likely to regain strength and develop into a tropical storm again, but the chances of it hitting Taiwan are small, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said yesterday.

Banyan, which formed southeast off Taiwan on Oct. 11, was downgraded to a tropical depression after making landfall in the Philippines a day earlier.

However, it has been picking up moisture as it enters the South China Sea and has the potential to develop into a storm, said forecaster Lin Ping-yu.

As of 8 a.m. Friday, the depression was located 700 km southwest of Taiwan’s southernmost tip of Eluanbi, moving in a north northwesterly direction at 20 kph, Lin said.

Although it is unlikely to pose a direct threat to Taiwan, the CWB cautioned against sudden downpours around the island over the weekend.

Lin warned that residents in eastern Taiwan should be on high alert because the area was still recovering from heavy precipitation brought by Tropical Storm Nalgae the previous week.