TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- Central Weather Bureau (CWB) forecaster Liu Pei-teng (劉沛滕) says that though Super Typhoon Mangkhut will not strike Taiwan directly, because the radius of the category 7 typhoon is 300 kilometers, it will bring powerful offshore winds and waves and a sea warning could be issued soon, meanwhile, the northern Philippine island of Luzon will take a direct hit.
As of 2 a.m. this morning, Super Typhoon Mangkhut was located 1,070 kilometers east-southeast of Eluanbi, was moving west-northwest at 25 kilometers per hour and was packing maximum sustained winds of 208 kilometers per hour and gusts of 262 kilometers per hour, according to CWB data.
Liu said that most areas in Taiwan today will see partly cloudy to sunny skies, with only eastern Taiwan and the Hengchun Peninsula likely to see scattered showers. Local, brief thunderstorms are possible in mountainous areas.
CWB map showing Super Typhoon Mangkhut's current position.
After nightfall tonight, as the periphery of the typhoon starts to near Taiwan, rain will gradually start to increase in eastern Taiwan. Tomorrow, heavy rain will start to fall on the Hengchun Peninsula, eastern Taiwan and the mountainous areas of Pingtung, while areas north of Tainan are likely to only see scattered showers.
As for temperatures today, western Taiwan will be muggy with highs ranging from 34 to 36 degrees Celsius, while eastern Taiwan will see highs of 32 to 33 degrees.
CWB map showing Super Typhoon Mangkhut's predicted path.
The CWB warned that large waves will be seen along the coast today as a result of the massive typhoon, therefore people are advised to avoid going to the beach to prevent a repeat of the tragic drownings caused last week by rogue waves in Yilan.
PAGASA map showing areas in Philippines were alerts have been issued.
Meanwhile, the Philippines is bracing for what is referred to locally as Super Typhoon "Ompong" with the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) issuing a Signal No. 1 in 24 areas, a Signal No. 2 in 18 areas and a Signal No. 3 in three areas. A Signal No. 1 is issued for areas were where winds of 30 to 60 kilometers per hour (kph) can be expected within 24 hours, a Signal No. 2 indicates of winds of 60 to 100 kph and a Signal No. 3 warns of winds ranging between 100 to 185 kph.
PAGASA predicts that the typhoon will make landfall in Cagayan Province on the northern Philippine island of Luzon by Saturday morning.
Signal No. 3
- Northern Aurora
Signal No. 2
- rest of Aurora
- Babuyan group of Islands
- Ilocos Norte
- Ilocos Sur
- La Union
- Mountain Province
- Nueva Ecija
- Nueva Vizcaya
- Northern Zambales
Signal No. 1
- Burias Island
- Camarines Norte
- Camarines Sur
- Lubang Island
- Metro Manila
- Northern Occidental Mindoro
- Northern Oriental Mindoro
- Polillo Island
- Northern Samar
- Ticao Island
- rest of Zambales
ATCF's prediction of Super Typhoon Mangkhut's path.
Japan Meteorological Agency map of Super Typhoon Mangkhut's projected path.
(Image from Windy.com)
NASA satellite image of Super Typhoon Mangkhut.
NOAA Satellite image showing water vapor inside Super Typhoon Mangkhut.
NOAA satellite image of Super Typhoon Mangkhut.