Taiwan issues land warning for Tropical Storm Kong-Rey

Taiwan issues land warning for Tropical Storm Kong-Rey

TAIPEI - The Central Weather Bureau (CWB) issued a land warning for Tropical Storm Kong-Rey on Wednesday, and the Yilan and Hualien county governments announced cancellation of work and classes today.

The CWB issued a land warning for Tropical Storm Kong-Rey on Wednesday because of the threat posed to Eastern and Northeastern Taiwan.

Residents of Hualien and Yilan counties should be on heightened alert as Kong-Rey, the 15th storm of the 2013 Pacific typhoon season, could bring strong winds and heavy rains to the regions, the bureau said.

Kong-Rey gained strength Wednesday morning and the radius of the storm's maximum winds was also expanding steadily, the bureau said.

As of 11:30 a.m., the storm was centred some 210 kilometers southeast of Taiwan's southernmost tip, according to the bureau's latest bulletin on the storm's path.

Kong-Rey was moving in a northward direction at a speed of 15 km per hour and packing sustained winds of 90 kph, with gusts of up to 119 kph.

With the storm approaching, the Taitung County Government announced closure of all public offices and schools on the outlying island of Lanyu, also known as Orchid Island, beginning at Wednesday noon.

Rogue waves have appeared around Lanyu, home to the indigenous Tao people, since the early hours of Wednesday, the CWB report said.

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