Tropical Storm Linfa is located approximately 860 miles (1,345 kilometers) southwest of Okinawa in Japan and has just started to track northeast, according to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC). Linfa is currently a tropical storm and is moving at 6 mph (10 kmph) with sustained winds of around 58 mph (93 kmph).
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According to the JTWC, Linfa developed on June 18 and is expected to move in a north-northeast direction over the next 12 hours while strengthening. This motion is likely to see Linfa move towards Taiwan, where it is expected to make landfall on June 21 as a tropical storm. Current forecasts suggest Linfa is likely to come ashore in southwest Taiwan, and close to Kaohsiung, the second largest city in Taiwan (population of around 1.5 million people). Linfa is subsequently forecast to pass over much of southern Taiwan, subjecting southern and central regions to tropical storm force winds. After moving over Taiwan, Linfa is forecast to weaken and pass to the south of Japan before dissipating.
Tropical Storm Linfa is the third storm to develop in the west Pacific basin this year.