Storm to move away toward Hong Kong and Guangdong
By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The seventh tropical storm of the season emerged south of
Taiwan Saturday, but Roke was likely to head off in the direction of Hong Kong and China’s Guangdong Province, forecasters said.
Over the past few days, two other tropical storms, Kulap and Noru, were also said to have no expected effect on the weather in Taiwan, according to the Central Weather Bureau.
The tropical depression which transformed itself into Roke Saturday afternoon was situated about 200 kilometers southwest of Oluanpi, Taiwan’s most southerly point. It was moving in a west-northwesterly direction at a speed of 21 km per hour, the weather bureau said.
If it stayed the course, Roke would make landfall in China east of Hong Kong around Sunday noon, according to forecasters. The storm was unlikely to develop into a typhoon and was moving away fast, leaving Taiwan out of its reach. [FULL STORY]