Taipei--A tropical depression east of Japan developed into a tropical storm Friday, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said that day, adding that it will not affect Taiwan.
Named Noru, which means "deer" in Korean, the storm was moving at a speed of 14 kilometers per hour in a west-northwesterly direction, the CWB said.
With a radius of 100 km, Noru was carrying maximum sustained winds of about 64.8 kph, with gusts of up to 90 kph, bureau data shows.
The bureau said that another tropical depression, located near the International Date Line, could also turn into a tropical storm within the next 24 hours.
Should that happen, the tropical storm would be called Kulap, meaning "rose" in Thai, and become the sixth tropical storm to be formed over the Pacific.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel