Alexa
  • Directory of Taiwan

Soudelor weakens slightly but still headed toward Taiwan

Soudelor weakens slightly but still headed toward Taiwan

Taipei, Aug. 5 (CNA) Typhoon Soudelor has weakened slightly but could still turn stronger before it barrels into Taiwan, a weatherman at the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said Wednesday. The storm's maximum sustained winds fell from 184 kilometers per hour at 8 a.m. Wednesday to 173 kph at 2 p.m., a sign that Soudelor was weakening, according to forecaster Hsu Chung-yi (???). If Soudelor maintains its current course, it will make landfall in northern Taiwan, Hsu said, and its strongest winds and rains are expected to hit Taiwan from Friday afternoon to Saturday morning. The typhoon was centered 1,390 kilometers east-southeast of Taipei as of 2 p.m. and was moving at a speed of 22 kph in a west-northwesterly direction, the CWB said. Weather Forecast Center Director Cheng Ming-dean (???) said the intensity of Soudelor has declined moderately as seen by the storm's eyewall clouds opening into a spiral shape. The storm has turned weaker, Cheng said, because it is passing over an area where sea temperatures are lower, affecting its development. But as the typhoon approaches, it will encounter an environment more favorable to its development and could pick up strength, but it will not likely regain the super typhoon designation it was given on Tuesday, Cheng said. The typhoon has been labeled by local media as a "lone wolf" because it is not accompanied by any other weather fronts, and that is not expected to change even with the presence of a large tropical convective cloud system south of Soudelor because the typhoon has not drawn the unstable and moist system northwards, Cheng said. He warned, however, that the weather front from the southwest would still hit the island and bring heavy rains after the typhoon passes by. Taiwan is expected to issue a sea warning for Soudelor by noon Thursday if the typhoon's course does not change unexpectedly, and it could issue a land alert by Thursday night, according to the CWB. (By Chen Wei-ting and Elizabeth Hsu)


Updated : 2021-09-29 01:44 GMT+08:00