Taiwan issues typhoon warning

July 27th, 2008 - 4:31 am ICT by IANS  

Taipei, July 27 (DPA) Taiwan issued a land warning for Typhoon Fung-Wong (Phoenix) early Sunday, as the storm was approaching the island from the Pacific Ocean. From Saturday noon until Sunday morning, Fung-Wong has moved closer towards Taiwan by 100 km and the edge of the typhoon circle is expected to reach Taiwan Monday, the Central Weather Bureau said.

By 2.30 a.m. Sunday (1830 GMT Saturday), the centre of Fung-Wong was 490 km southeast of Taiwan’s southern tip at Erlunpi.

Moving in a westerly direction at 15 km per hour (kmh), Fung-Wong packs centre winds of 119 kmh and gusts of 126 kmh.

On Saturday, the Central Weather Bureau already issued a sea warning for Fung-Wong, warning people to stay away from the south and southeast coast, and ships operating south of Taiwan to take precautions.

Fung-Wong comes on the heels of Typhoon Kalmaegi which hit Taiwan July 18, leaving at least 18 dead and causing severe agricultural damage.

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