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Goni strengthens into typhoon, may or may not threaten Taiwan

Goni strengthens into typhoon, may or may not threaten Taiwan

Taipei, Aug. 17 (CNA) Tropical Storm Goni has intensified and is now a typhoon but it is still too early to tell whether it will hit Taiwan, the Central Weather Bureau said Monday.
As of 8 a.m. Monday, Goni was 2,400 kilometers off Eluanbi, the southernmost tip of Taiwan, moving at a speed of 22-26 kilometers per hour in a west northwesterly direction, according to the bureau. The storm's maximum sustained winds were estimated at 144 kph, with gusts of up to 180 kph, the bureau's data showed.
Weather Forecast Center Director Cheng Ming-dean said on his Facebook page that the eyewall of Goni is well formed like a donut center and is becoming tighter.
Cheng said the spiral bands outside the eyewall of the storm are broad, with convective cloud continuing to develop inside the spiral bands, which indicates that Goni may continue to strengthen.
Wu Der-rong, a professor at National Central University's Department of Atmospheric Sciences, said that over the next three days, Goni will move steadily in a west northwest direction toward the Bashi Channel.
After that, the typhoon will enter an area that has complex steering currents, which will make forecasting more difficult, he said.
Goni might move north along Taiwan's eastern coast or it might hit the island directly, he said.
Wu said that after Wednesday, the forecasts will become more accurate and until then, people should not wildly speculate about the typhoon or stir up panic. (By Chen Wei-ting and Y.F. Low)


Updated : 2021-09-19 00:26 GMT+08:00