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Taiwan issues land, sea warnings for Typhoon Megi

2016/09/26 12:07

Taipei, Sept. 26 (CNA) The Central Weather Bureau (CWB) issued the first land warning for Typhoon Megi Monday morning, following a sea warning late Sunday, as the storm approached the island.

The land warning covers Yilan, Hualien and Taitung in northeastern and southeastern Taiwan, which are expected to start experiencing strong winds and heavy rain Monday, according to the CWB.

As of 11 a.m. Monday, Megi was centered 620 kilometers east-southeast of Hualien, moving at 22 kilometers per hour in a west-northwesterly direction toward Taiwan, the bureau's data showed.

The typhoon was carrying maximum sustained winds of 144 kph, with gusts of up to 180 kph.

The weather bureau issued a sea warning for Megi at 11:30 p.m. Sunday and a land warning at 11.30 a.m. Monday.

Megi is highly likely to make landfall in eastern Taiwan Tuesday, before sweeping across the island with powerful winds and heavy rain that will affect the island the most on Tuesday and Wednesday, according to the CWB forecast.

(By Wang Shu-fen and Evelyn Kao)Enditem/pc