Tropical Storm Meranti has developed into a typhoon and is moving toward Taiwan, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said Sunday.
As of 2.p.m. on Sunday, Typhoon Meranti was located 1,560 kilometers off Taiwan's southernmost point of Erluanpi (???), moving at 26 km per hour in a west-northwesterly direction toward Taiwan, the bureau said.
Meranti was packing maximum sustained winds of 119 km per hour, with gusts of up to 155 kph, according to CWB data.
The storm, with a radius of 150 kilometers, is expected to continue gaining strength but is not very likely to become a super typhoon, according to the weather bureau.
The outer bands of Meranti are expected to bring rain to Taiwan from Tuesday to Thursday, the bureau said.
It said, however, that it was too early to predict whether the typhoon would make landfall on Taiwan as there were still too many uncertain variables pertaining to its path and strength. By Tuesday, a clearer picture should emerge, the weather bureau said.
Meanwhile, ferry services from Taitung County in southeastern Taiwan, and from Pingtung in the south to the outlying Orchid Island and Green Island, will be canceled Tuesday and Wednesday due to the storm, the Maritime and Port Bureau announced Sunday.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel