Tropical Storm Chaba forms in the Pacific

Tropical Storm Chaba, the 18th storm of the 2016 Pacific typhoon season, formed in the Pacific at 2 a.m. Wednesday, the Central Weather Bureau said.

As of 8 a.m., Chaba was centered 3,200 kilometers east-southeast of Taiwan's southernmost tip, moving at a speed of 25 km per hour in a westerly direction, bureau data showed.

It was packing maximum sustained winds of 64 kph, with gusts reaching 90 kph, according to the bureau.

Whether the storm will affect Taiwan remains to be seen, the bureau said, but the island is on edge after being hit by three major typhoons in a two-week span.

First it was Super Typhoon Meranti that slashed across southern Taiwan on Sept. 14 and 15, followed by Typhoon Malakas, which affected northern Taiwan on Sept. 17, and Typhoon Megi, which battered much of the island on Tuesday before moving to China.

Megi made landfall in Fujian Province in southeastern China at around 6 a.m. on Wednesday.

As of 1 p.m., the storm was centered some 170 kilometers west-northwest of Taiwan's outlying Kinmen County, moving at a speed of 12 kph in a west-northwesterly direction, bureau data showed.

Due to the lingering effects of the typhoon, the bureau warned of potential torrential rains in southern, eastern and northeastern Taiwan on Wednesday (defined as more than 350 millimeters of rain in a 24-hour period).

It also warned of heavy rain in the outlying islands of Kinmen, Matsu and Penghu, in Yunlin and Nantou counties, and in mountainous areas in the north.

It cautioned people to avoid going near mountains and rivers and to be aware of rock falls, landslides, flash floods and flooding in low-lying areas.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel