Typhoon Mitag entering most intense phase in Taiwan tonight

N. Taiwan to be battered by Typhoon Mitag from 6 p.m. Monday to 12 a.m. Tuesday

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TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Central Weather Bureau (CWB) predicts that Taiwan will feel the most intense effects of Typhoon Mitag this evening (Sept. 30).

CWB division chief Lo Ya-yin (羅雅尹) said that Mitag's periphery has entered parts of eastern and southeastern Taiwan and is continuing to move northwest. Lo predicted that Taiwan will feel the greatest impact from Typhoon Mitag from 6 p.m. to midnight.

Lo said Mitag will maintain the strength of a mid-level typhoon as its periphery strikes Taiwan and that it will not weaken until it shifts into the waters off the country's northern coast. Lo predicted that northern Taiwan will bear the brunt of Mitag's wind and rain for the next six hours.

According to the latest data from the CWB, Mitag was situated 210 kilometers southeast of Yilan and was moving at a speed of 25 kilometers per hour (kph). The typhoon has a radius of 180 kilometers and is packing maximum sustained winds of 126 kph with gusts of up to 162 kph.