A tropical storm has formed and it might affect Taiwan this weekend

The China Post

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Tropical Storm Nesat (尼莎) formed at 2 p.m. Wednesday and it’s forecast to move toward to Taiwan, according to the Central Weather Bureau.

The bureau said it might issue a sea warning as soon as Saturday.

As of Wednesday afternoon, Nesat had a wind speed of 65 kph with gusts of up to 90 kph.

The storm, which is currently moving at a slow 22 kph, is expected to gain strength, the CWB said, adding that it was unclear whether the storm would make landfall in Taiwan.

Nesat is the ninth storm of this typhoon season and is the first one that may impact the island.

Experts are split on the projected path of the storm. Some have Nesat hitting Taiwan this coming weekend but still the meteorologists can’t confirm with precision as still there are observations to make.

Meteorologist Peng Chi-ming (彭啟明) said in a Facebook post that Nesat would veer away from Taiwan after leaving the Philippines, adding that the storm’s route would be much clearer tomorrow.