Land warning issued for Super Typhoon Chanthu
Update: Flights disrupted as Typhoon Chanthu approaches Taiwan (Sept. 11)
Taipei, Sept. 10 (CNA) The Central Weather Bureau (CWB) issued a land warning Friday evening for Super Typhoon Chanthu, which continues to strengthen as it approaches waters southeast of Taiwan.
As of 5 p.m., Chanthu was located about 470 kilometers south-southeast of Eluanbi on the southern tip of Taiwan, moving northwest at a speed of 18 km per hour toward the Bashi Channel.
The typhoon was packing maximum sustained winds of 209 km per hour, with gusts of up to 263 km per hour, CWB data showed.
Chanthu, which is likely to reach its closest point to Taiwan over the weekend, could pose a threat across the island, particularly for Taitung and Pingtung counties in the southern and eastern parts of the country on Saturday, the bureau said.
Strong winds and heavy rainfall could be felt islandwide on Sunday, it said.
It remains unclear whether Chanthu will make landfall as it will still depend on the strength of the Pacific high-pressure system, the bureau said earlier.
However, based on its current trajectory, it is most likely that the center of the storm will skirt eastern Taiwan as it heads north, forecasters said.
Local food delivery service providers Uber Eats and Foodpanda, meanwhile, said no delivery services will be offered if office closures are announced by the government.
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