Storm Bailiu heads for Taiwan, Cathay watching for impactLocal | 23 Aug 2019 4:22 pm
Tawain's Central Weather Bureau issued a land warning at 2:30 p.m. today for tropical storm Bailu, which is forecast to hit southern Taiwan tomorrow on its current track.
Cathay Pacific Airways said it is closely monitoring the potential impact of Bailu on flights to and from Taipei, Taichung and Kaohsiung. Flight operations remain normal but the situation is subject to change, Cathay said.
Domestic flights and ferry services have been canceled.
CNA reports that as of 4:00 p.m, the storm was located 520 kilometers southeast of Taiwan's southernmost point, moving in a northwesterly direction at a speed of 24 kilometers per hour, according to the weather bureau.
Bailu was carrying maximum sustained winds of 101 kilometers per hour, with gusts of up to 126 kph, the CWB said.
The weather bureau forecast that the storm will make landfall on the Hengchun penisula at about 2:00 p.m. tomorrow, bringing strong winds and torrential rain to Pingtung County.
With a radius of 120 km, Bailu is also likely to dump heavy to extremely heavy rain on Hualien and Taitung counties on the east coast, Green Island, and Orchid Island, today and tomorrow, the CWB said.
According to the CWB, heavy rain is defined as accumulated rainfall of more than 80mm over 24 hours or more than 40mm in one hour, while extremely heavy rainfall means more than 200mm in 24 hours or more than 100mm in three hours.