TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The outskirts of a tropical depression expected to become Typhoon Nalgae (奈格) will combine with a northeast monsoon to bring rain to northern and northeast Taiwan.
For the first time this year, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) issued a tropical depression warning this morning. At 8 a.m., Tropical Depression 26 was located about 400 kilometers southeast of the Hengchun Peninsula moving west at a speed of 22 kilometers per hour, with maximum sustained winds of 43 km/h and gusts of up to 72 km/h.
The CCB said that from today until Saturday morning (October 22), three will be strong gusts of wind up to level 8 to 9 on the Beaufort scale from Tainan to Taoyuan, the Southeast Taiwan (including Orchid Island and Green Island), the open coast areas of Hengchun Peninsula, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu. Big waves are also possible along the coast of the Hengchun Peninsula.
Forecast track of the tropical cyclone. (CCB picture)
The meteorological bureau predicts the tropical depression will move west before changing its west-southwest track as it approaches the Dongsha Islands. Before the tropical system reaches the South China Sea, it could turn into Typhoon Nalgae.
The tropical cyclone is expected to be closest to Taiwan on Sunday (October 23). However, the CCB predicts that Nalgae will not intensify until it reaches the South China Sea and for this reason, the weather bureau is unlikely to issue a marine warning.
The outskirts of Nalgae are expected to combine with a northeast monsoon to bring heavy rains to Greater Taipei and torrential rains to Keelung and Yilan from Saturday to Sunday. Showers are expected to begin this evening in the north and northeast of the country.
From Monday to Thursday (October 24 to 27), the weather will be stable with only spotty showers in parts of northern and eastern Taiwan.
NOAA satellite image of the Pacific Northwest. (NOAA animated GIF)