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Taiwan issues warning against Typhoon Jelawat

Published on Sep 27, 2012 9:42 PM
NASA's Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) satellite image taken on Sept 20, 2012 shows Jelawat formed as a tropical depression over the western Pacific Ocean in Philippines that became a tropical storm the next day. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

TAIPEI (AFP) - Taiwan on Thursday issued a warning over a strong typhoon approaching the island which could bring torrential rains and trigger landslides, a month after another heavy storm left six dead.

Residents in the north and east of the island were asked to take precautions against Typhoon Jelawat which is gaining momentum and approaching the island, the Central Weather Bureau said in a statement.

As of 9am GMT (5pm Singapore time), Jelawat was 380km south-east of the island's southern-most tip.

With a radius of 250km and packing winds of up to 191 kmh, the typhoon was moving at 14 kmh.

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