Taipei warned of 184 kilometer winds from severe typhoon LekimaLocal | 8 Aug 2019 10:34 am
Taiwan weather forecasters issued a land warning for severe typhoon Lekima, advising residents in Taipei, New Taipei, Keelung, Hualien and Yilan to prepare for strong winds and heavy rain.
Ships operating in waters north and east of Taiwan should also be on alert for high waves, the bureau said.
As of 8:00 a.m. today, Lekima was located about 520 kilometers east-southeast of Taipei, moving at a speed of 15kph in a north-northwesterly direction, the Central Weather Bureau, said, CNA reports.
It had strengthened into a severe typhoon, with maximum sustained winds of 184 kilometers per hour, with gusts of up to 227 kph, the bureau said.
The peripheral of Lekima, which has a radius of 250 km, is likely to bring heavy or extremely heavy rain to parts of New Taipei and Yilan as well as the mountainous areas in Taoyuan and Hsinchu today, the CWB said.
Heavy rain is also expected in areas from Miaoli northward and the mountainous areas of Taichung, Nantou, Chiayi and Hualien, it added.
Heavy rain refers to accumulated rainfall of more than 80mm over 24 hours or more than 40mm in one hour, while extremely heavy rainfall is defined as more than 200mm in 24 hours or more than 100mm in three hours, according to the CWB.