First tropical storm of year unlikely to impact Taiwan

Taipei, A tropical storm formed Tuesday afternoon, the first storm in the West Pacific Ocean of the new year, but is unlikely to affect Taiwan, according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).

The tropical storm, called Pabuk, is heading toward Thailand so the CWB urged tourists bound for Thailand and Malaysia to pay close attention to possible disruptions in airline schedules.

As of 2 p.m. Tuesday, Pabuk was located about 2,100 km southwest of Eluanbi, Taiwan's southernmost tip, and moving at a speed of 13 kilometers per hour in a west-southwesterly direction, the CWB said.

The storm is carrying maximum sustained winds of 65 kph, with gusts reaching up to 90 kph, CWB data showed.

The CWB said Taiwan will be influenced by the periphery of Pabuk which will bring moisture, increasing the chance of rain for northern and eastern parts of the country over the next few days.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel