Trop­i­cal Storm Soude­lor mov­ing to­ward the ROC

The China Post - - LOCAL -

Trop­i­cal Storm Soude­lor, which formed late Thurs­day near Guam, is pick­ing up strength as it moves closer to Tai­wan, the Cen­tral Weather Bureau said Fri­day, but it said the storm will not threaten the coun­try for the next week.

As of 8 a. m., Soude­lor was cen­tered 4,090 kilo­me­ters east-south­east of Tai­wan’s south­ern­most tip, mov­ing at a speed of 13 km per hour in a west­erly di­rec­tion.

It is pack­ing max­i­mum sus­tained winds of 72 kph, with gusts reach­ing 101 kph, ac­cord­ing to the bureau.

The storm is still too far away from Tai­wan to de­ter­mine its ex­act course when it gets closer to the Asian land mass, fore­cast­ers said, mak­ing it im­pos­si­ble to tell how much of an af­fect it will have on Tai­wan at the mo­ment.

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