Taipei-A tropical depression east of the Philippines will develop into a tropical storm Thursday and is likely to reach Taiwan, according to several weather forecasts.
The tropical depression, centered around 1,525 kilometers southwest of Oluanbi on Taiwan's southernmost tip as of 8 a.m. Wednesday, will turn into Tropical Storm Bailu Thursday packing maximum sustained winds of 64.8 kph and gusts of up to 90 kph, according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).
Forecast data released by the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts Tuesday shows there is a 40 percent-50 percent chance that Bailu will make landfall in Taiwan over the weekend.
The latest model of the Canadian Global Ensemble Prediction System, run by the Canadian Meteorological Centre, also made a similar prediction.
Wu Der-rong (???), a meteorologist and adjunct associate professor of atmospheric sciences at National Central University, cited the models and warned the public to prepare for heavy downpours and strong winds if the tropical storm strikes the island.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel