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Typhoon Meranti to affect Taiwan from Tuesday: weather bureau

2016/09/12 14:19:35

The projected path of Typhoon Meranti. (From the Central Weather Bureau website)

Taipei, Sept. 12 (CNA) Taiwan is expected to see the impact of Typhoon Meranti from Tuesday, as its outer bands will begin to bring showers to the island, the Central Weather Bureau said Monday.

As of 8 a.m., the typhoon was centered 1,120 kilometers east-southeast of Eluanbi, the southernmost tip of Taiwan, and was moving at a speed of 24 km per hour in a west-northwesterly direction, the bureau said.

The speed of Typhoon Meranti is expected to slow to 21 kph between Monday evening and Tuesday morning, and will be located 570 km east-southeast of Eluanbi by 8 a.m. Tuesday.

The bureau said a sea warning for the storm is possible late Monday night or early Tuesday, while a land warning could be issued as early as Tuesday, when the eastern part of Taiwan and the mountain areas are set to see showers brought by the typhoon.

Meranti upgraded to strong typhoon: CWB

[From the Central Weather Bureau website]

Taiwan will feel the full force of Typhoon Meranti on Wednesday and Thursday, as its center is forecast to make landfall in the Hengchun Peninsula in the southern county of Pingtung, according to the bureau.

With a radius of 180 kilometers, the storm was carrying maximum sustained winds of about 162 kph, with gusts of up to 198 kph, the bureau's data showed.

Meanwhile, the state-owned Taiwan Water Corp. reminded the public to store water ahead of Typhoon Meranti's arrival, as the storm may cause poor water quality and disrupt the water supply during the four-day Mid-Autumn Festival holiday, which starts Thursday.

(By Wang Shu-fen, Huang Li-yun and Kay Liu)