Taiwan issues land warning for Tropical Storm Bailu

TAIPEI (CNA) — The Central Weather Bureau (CWB) issued a land warning at 2:30 p.m. on Friday for Tropical Storm Bailu, which is forecast to hit southern Taiwan Saturday on its current track.

As of 4 p.m. Friday, 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 packing maximum sustained winds of 101 kilometers per hour, with gusts of up to 126 kph, the CWB said.

In its land warning, the weather bureau forecast that the storm will make landfall on the Hengchun Penisula at about 2 p.m. Saturday, 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, on Friday and Saturday, the CWB said.

The Hengchun Peninsula in the south, northern and eastern coastal areas, as well as Green and Orchid islands can expect high seas on Friday and into the weekend, the bureau 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.

By Wang Shu-fen and Chung Yu-chen