Taiwan in the path of strong typhoon

A typhoon will hit Taiwan late on Thursday, sparking land and sea advisories and becoming the island’s first major storm of the year before moving on to China, weather forecasters said.

Typhoon Kalmaegi, which was 180km south-east of Taiwan at 00.30am GMT, will reach the north-east coast at about 3pm GMT with sustained winds of 101km/h and gusts of 126km/h, the island’s Central Weather Bureau said.

The bureau issued wind and rain warnings for greater Taipei, the northern port city of Keelung and three other counties. It also warned boats off the south and east coasts.

“Rain will strengthen from Thursday morning in typhoon-affected areas,” the bureau said in a statement on its website. “In eastern Taiwan, wind-blown waves will get quite large.”

On Thursday morning, storm-tracker website Tropical Storm Risk said Kalmaegi would grow to become a category-two typhoon.
It issued a red alert for Taipei.

The storm will proceed to China, hitting the coast of Zhejiang province as early as Friday, Tropical Storm Risk said, also predicting that the typhoon will strengthen to category three by then.

Typhoons regularly reach China, Taiwan, the Philippines and Japan from August until the end of the year, gathering strength from the warm waters of the Pacific or the South China Sea before weakening over land.

Krosa, the last typhoon to hit Taiwan, kept people indoors as work and classes were cancelled. Three people were injured in the early October storm.—Reuters

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