Taiwan on alert for typhoon LekimaChina | 7 Aug 2019 3:45 pm
Typhoon Lekima continues to head toward northeastern Taiwan and a sea warning for the storm could be issued according to the Central Weather Bureau.
Lekima developed into a typhoon early today as it winds picked up, CNA reports.
As of 8:00 a.m. Lekima was packing maximum sustained winds of 126 kph (averaged over a 10-minute period), with gusts (sustained for 1 minute) of up to 162 kph. The international standard for a typhoon is when maximum sustained winds reach 119 kph.
It was located about 780 kilometers east-southeast of Taiwan's southernmost tip, moving at a speed of 15 kph in a northwesterly direction, according to bureau data.
The CWB said it could also issue a land warning early tomorrow, depending on the typhoon's path, as its course remains uncertain.
Although the typhoon has veered east over the past 12 hours, chances are still high it will have a major impact on Taiwan, forecasters said.
According to bureau projections, the eye of Typhoon Lekima could skirt northeastern Taiwan on Friday, while northern and northeastern Taiwan could see heavy rain brought by its outer rim starting today, forecasters said.
People in central and southern Taiwan should also expect torrential rainfall starting Friday, the bureau said.