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Typhoon Lan may intensify as it moves closer to Taiwan

2017/10/19 17:49:40

Image taken from the Central Weather Bureau's website

Taipei, Oct. 19 (CNA) Typhoon Lan may intensify explosively when it gets closer to Taiwan Saturday as it moves toward Japan, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) forecast Thursday.

Strong wind advisories have been issued for 18 of Taiwan's 22 cities and counties, with wind speeds expected to reach between 74.88 kilometers per hour and 102.24 kph in open areas, according to the CWB website.

Taipei, Nantou County, Chiayi City and Kaohsiung had not been issued strong wind advisories as of press time.

From Friday to Saturday, coastal waves and winds will intensify, with expectations of waves reaching heights of six to seven meters, said Cheng Chuan-fang (程川芳), a CWB forecaster.

As of 6 a.m. Thursday, Typhoon Lan was located approximately 1,200 km southeast of Taiwan's southernmost point of Eluanbi (鵝鑾鼻), moving at 17 kph in a north-northwesterly direction but veering north toward Japan, according to CWB data.

Lan was packing maximum sustained winds of 126 kph, with gusts of up to 162 kph, according to CWB data.

(By Wang Shu-fen and William Yen)