Taipei, Typhoon Mangkhut was upgraded to a super typhoon Tuesday and will be closest to Taiwan this coming weekend when it could pose a potential threat to eastern areas and the Hengchun Peninsula in the south, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) forecast.
As of 8 a.m. Tuesday, Mangkhut was located 2,340 kilometers east-southeast of Eluanbi on Taiwan's southernmost tip, traveling at a speed of 22 kilometers per hour in a westerly direction, the CWB said.
The typhoon was carrying maximum sustained winds of 184 kilometers per hour with gusts of up to 227 kph, according to the bureau.
Mangkhut is likely to pass through the Bashi Channel just south of Taiwan Saturday and Sunday, bringing rainfall to eastern areas.
The CWB said it could not forecast the exact path of the storm but did not exclude the possibility that Mangkhut could turn north and impact more of the country.
The path Mangkhut will take should become clearer on Thursday, the CWB added.
Meanwhile, a tropical depression that brought unstable weather to Taiwan Monday was upgraded to a tropical storm but has since left the country, according to the CWB.
However, the influence of the system's periphery means that Hualien and Taitung in eastern Taiwan and the Hengchun Peninsula can still expect showers, thunderstorms or occasional heavy rain on Tuesday, while other parts of the country should be on alert for thunderstorms in the afternoon, the CWB said, reminding people in mountainous areas to take precautions against possible landslides, mudslides and falling rocks.
In terms of temperature, daytime highs of 32-33 degrees Celsius are forecast in northern, central and northeastern Taiwan, with 28-30 degrees in Hualien, Taitung and southern Taiwan, according to the CWB.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel