TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Central Weather Bureau (CWB) this morning (July 22) issued extremely heavy wind and heavy rain advisories for nine counties and cities in northern and western Taiwan as the periphery of Typhoon In-Fa (烟花) approaches.
As of 8 a.m. today, In-Fa was located 490 kilometers southeast of Taipei and moving west-northwest at a speed of 5 kilometers per hour, according to the CWB. It had a radius of 200 km and was packing maximum sustained winds of 144 kph with gusts of up to 180 kph.
With the periphery of Typhoon In-Fa beginning to reach Taiwan, the CWB at 9:35 a.m. released an extremely heavy rain advisory for Taipei City, New Taipei City, Taoyuan City, Hsinchu County, Miaoli County, and Yilan County. It also issued a heavy rain advisory for Keelung City, Hsinchu City, and Taichung City.
Map of Typhoon In-Fa's predicted path. (JTWC image)
CWB forecaster Hsieh Pei-yun (謝佩芸) said that as In-Fa nears Taiwan today, its outer rain bands will affect the western and northern parts of the country. She predicts there will be heavy rainfall in the north and northeast, including mountainous areas, while central and southern Taiwan will see scattered showers that will increase in intensity later in the day.
In addition to precipitation, Hsieh said In-Fa's periphery will also bring powerful winds and big waves to coastal areas of the north and northeast, the Taiwan Strait, the Hengchun Peninsula, and Matsu. Waves as high as 5 meters have been reported on the coast of Matsu, while waves up to 3 meters in height have been seen on Taiwan's east coast.
Map of In-Fa's predicted path. (JMA image)
Hsieh said that In-Fa is moving very slowly and that due to high water temperatures, there are still opportunities for it to intensify before it is at its closest. Based on current models, Hsieh says it appears that In-Fa will swing north-northwest and pass between Japan's Miyako-jima and Ishigaki on Friday morning (July 23).
Hsieh predicted that In-Fa will be closest to Taiwan Friday and Saturday (July 24). Therefore, Hsieh said that the impact on the country in terms of wind and rain will be even greater over the coming two days.
Map of In-Fa's predicted path. (CWB image)
By Sunday (July 25), In-Fa will have shifted far from Taiwan as it begins to make landfall in China'sZhejiang Province. Starting on Sunday, Taiwan will be affected by southwesterly winds, which are expected to bring more precipitation well into next week.
Animated GIF of Typhoon In-Fa. (NOAA image)