Typhoon Megi, the third storm of the month, is packing strong winds that are likely to intensify and pose a severe threat to Taiwan, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said Saturday.
Chances are high that a sea warning will be issued on Sunday, the bureau said.
The CWB said Megi, which was upgraded from a tropical storm to a typhoon on Saturday afternoon, is moving steadily toward Taiwan, and a sea warning could very well be issued for the storm on Sunday night.
The bureau had previously said that a sea warning for Megi, the 17th storm of the typhoon season to form in the Pacific, would be issued Monday at the earliest.
A land warning is now likely to be issued on Monday, the bureau said, and it warned the public to take precautions.
As of 8 p.m. Saturday, Megi was 1,440 kilometers east-southeast of Taiwan’s southernmost tip and moving in a west-northwesterly direction at 27 kph.
The typhoon was packing maximum sustained winds of 119 kph, with gusts of up to 155 kph. The radius of the typhoon has expanded to 180 kilometers, from 150 kilometers Saturday morning.
Southern and Eastern Taiwan have been hit by recent typhoons, including the powerful Meranti and the more recent Malakas.
Typhoon Meranti caused an estimated NT$2.2 billion in damages to agriculture, forestry, fishing and livestock, which hit Kaohsiung, Pingtung and the offshore island of Kinmen especially hard. Residents of Eastern Taiwan are attempting to rebuilt before this week’s storm.
Courtesy of chinapost.com.tw