TAIPEI (CNA) — Sea and land warnings will be issued as early as Friday as Tropical Storm Bailu approaches Taiwan, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said Thursday.
The tropical storm, centered around 1,102 kilometers southwest of Taiwan’s southernmost tip as of 8 a.m. Thursday and packing maximum sustained winds of 72 kilometers per hour and gusts of up to 100.8 kph, was moving in a northwesterly direction at a speed of 16 kph, according to the weather bureau.
Sea and land warnings were likely to be released Friday morning and evening, respectively, as forecast data shows there is a 60 percent-80 percent chance that Bailu will make landfall in Taiwan over the weekend, the CWB said.
The storm’s strongest effects will be felt Saturday, when intermittent rain and thundershowers are expected across Taiwan and some areas could see heavy to extremely heavy rain, according to the CWB.
By Wang Shu-fen and Chi Jo-yao