Typhoon Hato to bring heavy rain to 15 cities and counties in Taiwan

15 cities and counties in Taiwan to see strong winds and heavy rain as a result of Typhoon Hato

Position of Typhoon Hato Tuesday morning. (Windy.com map)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- The Central Weather Bureau (CWB) yesterday issued sea and land warnings for Typhoon Hato and early this morning it reported that the eye of the storm was south-southwest of Eluanbi, Taiwan's southernmost point, was moving west-northwest, and is now impacting the Hengchun Peninsula, Taitung, Pingtung, and Kaohsiung. Residents of those areas are advised to be vigilant for strong winds and heavy rains.

As of 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, the 13th typhoon of the year, Typhoon Hato, was located 20.8. degrees North and 120.5 degrees East, which is about 130 kilometers south-southwest of Taiwan's southernmost tip of Eluanbi, and was moving in a west-northwest direction through the Hengchun Peninsula at a speed of 27 kilometers per hour. 

It is carrying winds of 72 kilometers per hour, with gusts of up to 100 kilometers per hour, according to CWB data.

The CWB reminded residents of the Greater Taipei area to also be on the lookout for strong wind gusts and sudden downpours. In addition, residents in low-lying coastal areas are advised to beware of flooding and seawater intrusion. 

In the early hours Tuesday, the CWB also continued to issue advisories for heavy rain in areas closest to the storm, including Taitung, Hualien, Pingtung. The CWB also warned of sudden downpours in mountainous areas of Taipei, Yilan and Kaohsiung, as well as southern Taiwan, central Taiwan, and Penghu. The CWB advised residents of those areas to beware of landslides, rockfalls, and falling debris.