China issues orange alert for Typhoon Talim

China’s National Meteorological Center on Tuesday warned that Typhoon Talim could intensify and turn into a super typhoon as it churns towards Taiwan and Zhejiang and Fujian provinces on the Chinese mainland.

At 5 p.m. Tuesday, the eye of Talim was above the northwestern Pacific Ocean, 1,050 km southeast of Zhoushan, Zhejiang Province, packing winds of up to 38 meters per second, the National Meteorological Center (NMC) said in a statement.

Meanwhile, the bureau said that a new tropical depression is forming east of the Philippines, which would be named Doksuri if it is upgraded to a tropical storm after entering the South China Sea.

No watches or warnings have been issued yet for Taiwan by its Central Weather Bureau.

Based on its speed and direction, the outer arm of the storm is forecast to reach Taiwan by tomorrow afternoon, the bureau said, adding that the entire nation is expected to be affected by Talim on Thursday.

Tomorrow will be overcast with intermittent showers, and then it will pour down on Friday, with lightning and thunder. But the winds will weaken and the rain will gradually die out on Saturday.

Taiwan’s Formosa Petrochemical Corp may shut port as typhoon Talim approaches, though it is waiting for a government directive, a company spokesman says.

If anything unusual was detected, government agencies should issue warnings and organise evacuations, the news report said.

Taiwanese authorities made preparations on Tuesday ahead of of Typhoon Talim which will pass the island on Wednesday.

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