Taipei--Southern Taiwan is likely to see heavy rain from Sunday afternoon after the radius of Tropical Storm Haitang reached the area, the Central Weather Bureau said that day.
Residents in Kaohsiung, Pingtung, Nantou, Yunlin, Chiayi, Tainan and Taitung should stay vigilant against downpours brought by the storm, which is expected to move northward along the coast of eastern Taiwan, according to the bureau.
As of 2:30 p.m., Haitang was located 80 kilometers west southwest of Eluanbi on Taiwan's southernmost tip, bureau data showed.
The storm was moving in a north-northeasterly direction at 22 kilometers per hour, packing maximum sustained winds of 72 kph, with gusts of up to 101 kph, according to the bureau.
However, it is very likely that the strength of Haitang will be reduced as it passes Taiwan because its structure might be broken by the terrain, forecasters said, adding that Haitang could be downgraded to a tropical depression.
Meanwhile, Nesat had been downgraded to a tropical storm.
As of 2 p.m., Nesat was located 180 km west-southwest of Matsu, moving in a west-northwesterly direction at 11 kph and packing maximum sustained winds of 100.8 kph, with gusts of up to 126 kph, according to the bureau.
The bureau said that strong southwesterly winds and rain could still affect central and southern Taiwan between next Monday and Thursday.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel