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Tropical Storm 03W (Linfa) Expected to Brush Taiwan Coast This Weekend

19.4N 118.1E

June 19th, 2009 Category: Tropical Storms

Tropical Storm 03W - June 19th, 2009

Tropical Storm 03W - June 19th, 2009

TS03W - enhanced image

TS03W - enhanced image

Track of TS03W © Univ. of Wisconsin

Track of TS03W

Tropical Storm  03W (Linfa) formed in the South China Sea Thursday afternoon and is forecast to bring heavy rain to parts of Taiwan starting Friday, said China’s Central Meteorological Station.

The storm, the third of this year in the area, is located 785 nautical miles southwest of Okinawa with winds of up to 64.8 km per hour at the center. Maximum significant wave height is 15 feet.

It has remained quasi stationary over the past six hours and is forecast to linger at its current location, then move northeast to approach the sea south of Taiwan while gaining strength with maximum winds of up to 82.8 km per hour.

Strong gales are forecast to sweep the sea east of Taiwan, and rain is expected to hit the south and east areas of the island on Friday and Saturday. After brushing the east coast of Taiwan this weekend, it is predicted to head back out to sea in a northeasterly direction.

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