Sea warning still possible for Typhoon Vongfong: CWB

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TAIPEI (CNA) — Although it is likely to weaken as it approaches Taiwan, a sea warning could still be issued for Typhoon Vongfong, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said Friday.

As of 8 a.m. Friday, Vongfong was about 1,000 kilometers south-southeast of the southernmost tip of Taiwan, moving at a speed of 17 kilometers per hour in a northwesterly direction, CWB data showed.

With a radius of 150km, the storm was carrying maximum sustained winds of 119kph, with gusts of up to 155kph, the bureau said.

Ships operating in waters north, west and south of Taiwan were warned to take precautions due to strengthening winds.

The storm, which made landfall and led to the evacuation of tens of thousands of people in the Philippines, is expected to weaken when it enters the Bashi Channel south of Taiwan, according to the CWB.

However, a sea warning could still be issued as the outer rim of Vongfong is likely to affect southern and eastern Taiwan over the weekend, with showers or thunderstorms forecast, the bureau said.

Other parts of the country could see afternoon thunderstorms during that period, the CWB said, adding that a land warning is unlikely.

However, from May 18, a plum rain front is forecast to reach Taiwan, with showers or downpours expected across the country through May 23, according to the CWB.