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Tropical storm Pabuk pounds Taiwan, another approaches

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TAIPEI -- Tropical storm Wutip is approaching Taiwan, forecasters warned Wednesday, after the storm Pabuk (Philippine codename: Chedeng) pounded the island's south with strong winds and downpours that disrupted traffic and power supply.

The center of Wutip, which means butterfly, was 430 kilometers (267 miles) east-southeast of Taiwan's southernmost tip Oluanpi at 11:30 a.m. (0330 GMT), packing winds of up to 65 kilometers per hour.
The Central Weather Bureau warned of torrential rain as Wutip closed in on Taiwan at a speed of 22 kilometers per hour.

Pabuk left about 56,600 households without power in Pingtung, Taitung, and Hualien, where its impact was strongest, forcing offices and schools to close.
The storm, named after a fish in Laos, is currently heading towards southeastern China, with Hong Kong braced for its possible impact on Thursday.

Breaking Storm News: Hong Kong
Hong Kong was bracing itself early this morning for its first tropical cyclone this year as tropical storm Pabuk moved closer to the territory.
Squalls and thunderstorms lashed the territory last night following the hoisting of the No1 standby signal early yesterday.

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