Taiwan prepares for weekend drenching

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Stable weather conditions are forecast to continue around Taiwan until typhoon Mangkhut brings rain to the country on Saturday, the Central Weather Bureau said today.

CWB forecaster Cheng Chuan-fang said Mangkhut, which was upgraded to a super typhoon yesterday, is expected to continue moving toward Taiwan over the next few days destabilizing the weather, CNA reports.

As of 8:00 a.m. today, the storm was located 1,865 kilometers east-southeast of Eluanbi on Taiwan's southernmost tip, moving at a speed of around 21 kilometers per hour in a westerly direction.

Cheng said typhoon Mangkhut, the 22nd storm to form in the Western Pacific Ocean this year, has been moving so fast he did not rule out the possibility the CWB could issue a sea warning on Friday afternoon.

Starting Friday night and continuing on Saturday, occasional showers are possible in eastern Taiwan, as Mangkhut gets closer, while the southeastern part of the country and the Hengchun Peninsula could see heavier rain, Cheng said.

However, before the storm arrives, the weather around Taiwan is expected to remain sunny until Saturday, he added.