TAIPEI (Taiwan News)—Mild Typhoon Talim (泰利), which is continuing to strengthen and forecast to become a moderate typhoon soon, is projected to make landfall in Taiwan in the afternoon of Wednesday (Sep. 13) and affect all of Taiwan on Thursday, according to the latest update released by Taiwan’s Central Weather Bureau (CWB) on Monday afternoon.
CWB Forecaster Li Meng-syuan (李孟軒) said Typhoon Talim is currently centered some 1,510 kilometers east-southeast of Taiwan's southernmost tip, Eluanbi, moving at a speed of 29 km per hour in a west-northwesterly direction. It’s packing maximum sustained wind of 108 kph and may be upgraded to a moderate typhoon on Monday night.
If the typhoon continues to travel according to the current speed and direction, it is expected to make landfall in Taiwan on Wednesday afternoon and bring rains all over Taiwan, Li said.
According to the CWB, as the typhoon is moving more northward than earlier projected, the north and northeast of Taiwan will see heavier rains, with 700 to 1,000 mm of rainfall expected in the mountainous area of the region, and 400 to 800 mm in the mountains of central and southern Taiwan. Plains are likely to receive only half of the rainfall for the mountainous areas, according to the CWB. However, the bureau said it will adjust the rain forecasts whenever necessary.
Li said Typhoon Talim has a solid structure and will bring high winds and heavy rains to Taiwan, urging the public to prepare earlier. Typhoon Talim is projected to approach Taiwan with wind speeds of 7 on the Beaufort scale and a radius of 220 kilometers, Lee said, adding that whether the typhoon will make landfall in Taiwan or not, it is going to have a big impact on the island.
According to CWB’s path projection, the chance of the typhoon bearing down on the north is greater than on any other part of the country.