A maritime warning could be issued this morning after a tropical storm approaching Taiwan was upgraded to a typhoon, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said yesterday.
It is still uncertain whether an overland warning for Typhoon Muifa is needed, the office said.
As of 6 p.m. yesterday, Muifa was 515 km east of Oluanpi (鵝鑾鼻), the southernmost point in Taiwan, and was moving northwest at 11 km/h, the data showed. from the office.
The typhoon had maximum sustained winds of 119 km/h, with gusts of up to 155 km/h, and was strengthening, he added.
The storm is expected to slow and persist east of Taiwan today, with its outer bands bringing rain and winds north and east of Taiwan, he said.
From today to Thursday, mountainous areas in northeast and northern Taiwan, including Keelung, and the northern coast are expected to experience strong winds and heavy rains, he added.
In other parts of the country, the weather would be sunny to cloudy, with brief showers in the afternoon, according to the bureau’s forecast.
The three-route ferry service from Taiwan proper to Lienchiang County and Orchid Island (Lanyu, 蘭嶼) would be suspended today, local authorities said yesterday.
The operator that runs the ferry service between Keelung and Lienchiang has announced that it has canceled the Taima Star Ferry and Taima Ferry services for today, the Port Authority said in a statement.
Ferry operators also canceled services to Orchid Island from Pingtung County’s Houbihu Port (後壁湖) and Taitung County’s Fugang Fishing Port (富岡漁港) today, a indicated authority.
Ferry services between Fugang Fishing Port and Taitung County’s Green Island (綠島) would be subject to weather conditions, the authority said.
He said he had coordinated with ferry operators to open 10 more trips yesterday to allow people to leave Orchid Island and Green Island before the storm hits.
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