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Typhoon Goni weakens, expected to turn north

Typhoon Goni weakens, expected to turn north

Taipei, Aug. 21 (CNA) Typhoon Goni, which is expected to affect Taiwan this weekend, has slightly weakened in intensity and its speed has also slowed down, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said Friday. As of 11 a.m., Goni was centered 330 kilometers south-southeast of Eluanbi, the southernmost tip of Taiwan, moving at a speed of 7 kilometers per hour in a north-northwesterly direction. With a radius of 200 kilometers, the storm was carrying maximum sustained winds of 173 kph, with gusts of up to 209 kph, the bureau's data showed. According to Wu Wan-hua, a senior specialist at the bureau, Goni is currently spinning in the same place and is expected to turn north Friday afternoon. If it moves north parallel to the eastern coast of Taiwan as previously predicted, the CWB will not issue a land warning for the typhoon, Wu said. Nevertheless, people should still be on the alert because the typhoon will be at its closest to Taiwan on Saturday and Sunday, she said. Affected by the outer currents of Goni, the outlying Orchid Island was already experiencing strong gusts Friday morning, while swells were seen in the Taiwan Strait and in waters off Taiwan's southeastern coast and offshore islands, the bureau said, advising people to avoid seaside activities. The storm's periphery was also expected to bring showers or thundershowers to the eastern and northern parts of Taiwan later Friday and thundershowers to the central and southern parts of the island Friday afternoon, according to the CWB. (By Huang Yu, Chen Wei-ting and Y.F. Low)


Updated : 2021-09-28 12:10 GMT+08:00