Track of tropical cyclone Talim. Photos: Taiwan Central Weather Bureau

Taiwan’s Central Weather Bureau (CWB) on Tuesday afternoon issued a sea warning for Typhoon Talim, which is approaching waters to the east of the island.

The storm was intensifying gradually and moving toward the East China Sea, United Daily News reported.

Twelve years ago the island was hit by a strong tropical cyclone that carried the same name on the night of August 31 to September 1, 2005. That Talim was listed as a Category 4 super typhoon.

At 5:30pm on Tuesday, the new storm was about 740 kilometers east-southeast of Taipei, moving in a west-northwesterly direction toward the island at 18-21km/h, CWB data showed.

People living in the eastern and northern regions of Taiwan in particular were advised to step up preventive measures against Typhoon Talim and brace for possible flooding.

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