TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- Although Typhoon Wutip has weakened slightly, it is still headed toward Philippine waters and will bring strong winds and big waves to eastern Taiwan.
As of 2 a.m., the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said Typhoon Wutip had a radius of 200 kilometers, was located 2,150 kilometers east-southeast of Taiwan's southernmost tip of Eluanbi, and moving west at a speed of 14 kilometers per hour (kph). It was packing maximum sustained winds of 144 kph with gusts of up to 180 kph.
Although the typhoon is not predicted to have a direct impact on Taiwan, it will bring strong winds and large waves to eastern Taiwan, where beachgoers are advised to exercise caution.
CWB map of Wutip's projected path.
Meanwhile, at 11 a.m. today, Wutip was located 1,985 kilometers east of Central Luzon and is expected to enter the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) on Thursday (Feb. 28), according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services (PAGASA). Once it is inside the PAR, the storm will be given the local name "Betty."
Wutip now holds the record for the first super typhoon in February based on CWB records, the first Category 5 super typhoon ever seen in the northern hemisphere in February, and the most days at typhoon strength in February, at six days, according to Meteorologist Philip Klotzbach.
NOAA satellite image of Western Pacific.
Map of Wutip's projected path by PAGASA.