Taipei, Typhoon Cong-Rey was downgraded from a super typhoon Wednesday morning but will still start to bring rain to Taiwan on Thursday when the storm gets closer to the island, according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).
CWB forecaster Lin Ting-yi (???) said the typhoon, the 25th storm in the West Pacific Ocean so far this year, will approach Taiwan on Thursday but is not expected to make landfall on the island.
The CWB also does not expect to issue a sea warning for the typhoon, Lin said.
He cautioned, however, that the storm's periphery will bring heavy rain or even extremely heavy rain to northern and northeastern Taiwan, and other parts of the country will see some rain.
As of 8 a.m. Wednesday, Kong-Rey was located about 940 kilometers east-southeast from Taiwan's southernmost tip and was traveling in a northwesterly direction at a speed of 16 kilometers per hour, according to the CWB.
Kong-Rey was packing maximum sustained winds of 173 kph, with gusts of up to 209 kph, the CWB said.
On Wednesday, Taiwan is expected to feel the lingering effects of northeasterly winds, which could strengthen during the day to bring rain, in particular in mountainous areas in the afternoon, Lin said.
Because of those winds, daytime temperatures are expected to stay little changed from a day earlier, with the mercury in northern Taiwan forecast to hit 26 degrees Celsius and to range between 30 and 31 degrees in central and southern parts of the country, Lin said.
Temperatures at night should fall to 20-21 degrees in the north and 20-22 degrees in central and southern Taiwan.
The CWB said strong winds are forecast for Wednesday in eastern Taiwan and the areas north of Tainan as well as the Hengchun Peninsula and the outlying Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu islands.
Big waves are forecast for the coastal areas in northern and eastern Taiwan, the Hengchu Peninsula and Matsu, the CWB said.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel