Typhoon Lekima likely to disrupt HK, Taiwan flightsLocal | 7 Aug 2019 7:30 pm
Flights between Hong Kong and Taiwan are expected to disrupted after the island's weather forecasters issued a sea warning for typhoon Lekima in the afternoon. A land warning is expected early tomorrow.
Hong Kong Airlines said it anticipates delays and cancellations to flights arriving and leaving Taipei, Fuzhou from Friday to Saturday and Shanghai from Saturday to Sunday.
As of 5:00pm today, Lekima was packing maximum sustained winds of 137 kilometers per hour (averaged over a 10-minute period), with gusts (sustained for 1 minute) of up to 173 kph, the Central Weather Bureau said, CNA reports. The international standard for a typhoon is when maximum sustained winds reach 119kph.
The typhoon was located about 670 kilometers east-southeast of Hualien in eastern Taiwan, moving at a speed of 15kph in a northwesterly direction, according to bureau data.
With a radius of 220km, Lekima will bring strong winds and high waves to coastal areas of northern, eastern and southern Taiwan, as well as the outlying islands of Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu, forecasters said.
Although Lekima has veered east, it continues to pick up strength as it heads toward northeastern Taiwan and could have a major impact on the country.
According to bureau projections, the eye of Lekima is likely to skirt northeastern Taiwan on Friday. Central and southern Taiwan can also expect torrential rainfall starting Friday, the bureau said.