Sea warning issued for Tropical Storm Kong-Rey


CNA

TAIPEI — The Central Weather Bureau issued a sea warning yesterday morning for Tropical Storm Kong-Rey (康芮), which is expected to bring heavy rain across the island over the next few days.

The sea warning for Kong-Rey was issued at 11:30 a.m., when the storm was centered some 520 kilometers southeast of the southernmost tip of Taiwan.

Kong-Rey, the 15th storm of the 2013 Pacific typhoon season, was moving in a north-northwesterly direction at a speed of 14 km per hour and packing sustained winds of 72 kph, with gusts of up to 101 kph, the bureau said.

As of 2 p.m. Tuesday, the storm was centered some 430 kilometers southeast of the southernmost tip of Taiwan, moving in a north northwesterly direction at a speed of 13 km per hour, the weather bureau said.

It was packing sustained winds of 72 kph, with gusts of up to 101 kph.

Kong-Rey could keep strengthening as it moves toward Taiwan, with its outer rim likely to bring heavy rains to central and southern parts of the country over the next few days, forecasters said.

The storm could come closest to Taiwan between late Wednesday and early Thursday, lashing the northeast with strong winds, the bureau said.

Boats operating in waters south and southeast of Taiwan should be on alert due to increasing waves, forecasters cautioned.

Military on Standby Around 47,000 military servicemen have been seconded to an emergency center that opened Tuesday in preparation for relief assistance as Tropical Storm Kong-Rey approaches, the Ministry of National Defense said that day.

The Central Weather Bureau issued a sea warning for Kong-Rey earlier in the day, warning against torrential rain in central and southern parts of the country over the next few days.

Eight S-70C rescue helicopters, two CH-47SD helicopters, 25 UH-1H helicopters and 13 C-130 transport planes are also ready to be dispatched as needed, while 362 water pumps are on standby for any necessary relief and rescue assistance, the military said.