Taipei, Typhoon Mangkhut is likely to develop into a very powerful storm that will be closest to Taiwan this coming weekend, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said Monday but could not yet forecast the exact path of the storm when it draws near.
As of 8 a.m. Monday, Mangkhut was located about 300 kilometers east-northeast of Guam or 2,940 kilometers east-southeast of Eluanbi on Taiwan's southernmost tip, traveling at a speed of 25 kilometers per hour in a westerly direction, the CWB said.
The typhoon was carrying maximum sustained winds of 144 kilometers per hour with gusts of up to 180 kph and was seen likely to change to a northwesterly track and strengthen into a super typhoon over the next few days, according to the CWB.
Meanwhile, a tropical depression located southeast of Taiwan is moving west and is expected to pass through the Bashi Channel between Taiwan and the Philippines Monday and Tuesday, the CWB said, adding that the system may develop into a tropical storm.
Under the influence of the system and its periphery, the weather in Taiwan will be unstable Monday, with heavy rain or extremely heavy rain in the north and east of the country and on the Hengchun Peninsula in the south, the weather bureau said. It advised that eastern Taiwan, the outlying islands and areas north of Chiayi should be on the alert for strong wind gusts.
By Monday night, the rain will ease off in northern and northeastern Taiwan and move into Hualien, Taitung and the Hengchun Peninsula, the CWB said.
On Monday, daytime highs are forecast at 28-30 degrees Celsius in northern and eastern Taiwan and 30-32 degrees in other parts of the country, according to the CWB.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel