Taiwan proper and the country's offshore waters are expected to be out of the storm circle of Typhoon Malakas at 4 a.m. and 11 a.m., respectively, on Sunday, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said Saturday.
Both the land and sea warnings for Malakas are estimated to be lifted Sunday morning, the bureau said.
As of 5:00 p.m. Saturday, Malakas, the second storm to affect Taiwan this week, was centered some 140 kilometers east-northeast of Taipei, moving at a speed of 12 km per hour in a northerly direction, bureau data showed.
It is packing maximum sustained winds of 162 kph, with gusts reaching 198 kph, according to the bureau.
Northern and northeastern Taiwan are still under the storm circle as of 6 p.m. Saturday, but rain and wind across Taiwan are expected to ease as the typhoon moves away, the bureau said.
The bureau continued to issue torrential rain alert for mountain areas in New Taipei City, Taoyuan City, Hsinchu County and Miaoli County.
It also issued heavy rain alert for ground-level areas in the above four places, and Keelung City and Yilan County, as well as for mountain areas in Taipei City, Taichung City, Nantou County and Yilan County.
It cautioned people in these areas to be aware of rock falls, landslides, flash floods and flooding in low-lying areas.
As of 2:30 p.m. Saturday, power has been restored in over 6,300 households affected by Malakas around Taiwan, with 250 households remaining without power, the Central Emergency Operation Center said, adding that all power will be restored Saturday.
Meanwhile, there have been no reports of injury as of 4 p.m. Saturday. A total of 2,788 people in New Taipei City, Taoyuan City, Yilan County and Hualien County have been evacuated to safety as a precautionary measure, according to the center.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel