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Taipei braces for Typhoon Goni as it intensifies

Taipei braces for Typhoon Goni as it intensifies

Taipei, Aug. 20 (CNA) Taipei is prepared for a strengthening Typhoon Goni as it is set to track closely along Taiwan's eastern coast over the weekend, the Central Weather Bureau said Thursday.
All ground-level metro train services will be suspended if sustained winds reach 90 kilometers per hour during a period of 10 minutes or if sudden gusts are forecast at some 100 kph, said metro operator Taipei Rapid Transit Corp. (TRTC).
The interval between underground metro services could be prolonged under those circumstances, according to the company.
As for the elevated metro service of Wenhu Line, it will be canceled if sustained winds reach 41 kilometers per hour and above during a period of 10 minutes or if sudden gusts are forecast at 90 kph, TRTC said.
In addition, preparation work has been carried out at city-run facilities, including the Taipei Children's Amusement Park and the Taipei Arena, government officials said.
As of 8 a.m. Thursday, Goni was some 610 kilometers southeast of Eluanbi, the southernmost tip of Taiwan, moving at a speed of 12 kilometers per hour in a west-northwesterly direction, according to the Central Weather Bureau.
With a radius of 180 kilometers, the storm's maximum sustained winds were estimated at 184 kph, with gusts of up to 227 kph, the bureau's data showed.
On its current path, Goni could spin north on Friday and move along the coast of eastern Taiwan, coming closest to the country over the weekend, forecasters said.
A sea warning could be issued later Thursday, the bureau said. (By Huang Li-yun and Lee Hsin-Yin)


Updated : 2021-09-21 10:57 GMT+08:00