The Central Weather Bureau said it will issue a sea warning for Typhoon Malakas late Thursday, as the storm was moving closer to Taiwan.
As of 2:00 p.m., Malakas was located 900 kilometers southeast of Taiwan, moving west northwest at a speed of 22 kilometers per hour, the bureau said.
On its current path, the storm is expected to affect northern and eastern parts of Taiwan on Saturday, the CWB said, adding that it will issue a sea warning late Thursday and land warning around noon on Friday.
Central Taiwan may also see heavy rain from Malakas, the 16th typhoon of the season, the weather bureau said.
With a radius of 120 km, the typhoon was carrying maximum sustained winds of 126 km per hour and gusts of up to 162 km per hour, the CWB said.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel