Update: 07/22 12:40 a.m.
The CWB issued a sea warning for Typhoon In-Fa at 11:30 p.m. on Wednesday evening (July 21). As of 8 p.m. Wednesday, In-Fa was located 540 kilometers southeast of Taipei moving west-northwest at a speed of 6 kilometers per hour (kph). It had a radius of 200 km and was packing maximum sustained winds of 144 kph with gusts of up to 180 kph.
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — As Typhoon In-Fa (烟花) intensifies and nears the waters off the coast of northeast Taiwan, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) stated that it was planning on issuing a sea warning at 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday.
As of 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Typhoon In-Fa was located at 24.3 degrees north latitude and 127.1 degrees east longitude moving west-southwest at a speed of 11 kilometers per hour (kph). It had a radius of 180 km and was packing maximum sustained winds of 136 kph with gusts of up to 172 kph.
Satellite image of Typhoon In-Fa on July 21. (Windy.com image)
The CWB bureau on Wednesday afternoon announced that it would issue a sea warning for the typhoon at 8:30 p.m. that evening. CWB forecaster Lin Ping-yu (林秉煜) said that because the projected path for In-Fa has veered just to the north of Taiwan, the probability that it will make landfall in the country has diminished.
However, he said that the typhoon's periphery will affect Taiwan from Thursday through Saturday (July 22-24). Lin predicted that the tropical cyclone will bring heavy rains on Thursday to northern Taiwan, localized rain to central and southern Taiwan, and afternoon thunderstorms to eastern Taiwan.
Lin said that In-Fa will come closest to Taiwan from Friday to Saturday when precipitation will be the most intense. Lin predicted that northern Taiwan could see as much as 200 millimeters of rain per day, while central Taiwan and Yilan could also see heavy downpours, with brief showers and thunderstorms likely in the rest of the country.