Typhoon Megi will pass through Taiwan into the Taiwan Strait by late Tuesday night, and the island is expected to be outside of the storm's sphere by Wednesday morning, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said Tuesday.
According to the CWB, after making landfall in Hualien at 2 p.m., Megi was moving at a speed of 16 kilometers per hour in a west-northwest direction as it was passing over Taiwan.
The center of the typhoon will exit Taiwan by late Tuesday night and make landfall in Fujian province in China, the bureau said.
The CWB said the strength of the storm was weakened after it made landfall in Taiwan, but because big wind gusts were present as far as 250 kilometers from the eye of the storm, winds around Taiwan were to remain strong through Tuesday night.
They will ease up by Wednesday morning when the island is no longer in the storm's sphere.
Heavy rains brought by Megi mostly fell on northern and eastern parts of Taiwan between Monday night and Tuesday.
In the 38 hours from midnight Sunday to 4 p.m. Tuesday, 963 millimeters of rain had fallen on Taiping Mountain in Yilan County, the most rainfall recorded anywhere in the country.
The next highest totals of rain were 593 mm recorded in Jianshih Township in Hsinchu County and 564 mm recorded in Fuxing District in Taoyuan.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel