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Taiwan issues land, sea warnings for Typhoon Megi (update)

2016/09/26 13:33:23

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

Megi is likely to make landfall in an area near the border of Hualien and Taitung counties in eastern Taiwan Tuesday before sweeping across the island with powerful winds and heavy rain and moving out to sea that night, according to the CWB forecast.

It will affect the island the most on Tuesday and Wednesday, the CWB said, adding that Taiwan is expected to be out of the storm circle of the typhoon Wednesday morning.

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.

In parts of northern and eastern Taiwan, intermittent rain had already started Monday morning and heavier rainfall was expected in the afternoon, the bureau said.

The bureau particularly issued a warning to residents in the north and east to brace for strong winds and torrential rain on Tuesday and Wednesday.

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, bureau 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.

(By Wang Shu-fen and Evelyn Kao)