Goni may turn into a typhoon to­day: weather fore­cast­ers

The China Post - - LOCAL -

Trop­i­cal storm Goni, which is mov­ing to­ward Tai­wan, gained more strength on Sun­day and may de­velop into a typhoon to­day or to­mor­row, the Cen­tral Weather Bureau (CWB) said yesterday.

With a top wind speed of 25 me­ters per sec­ond, Goni is trav­el­ing in a west-north­west­erly di­rec­tion. Its im­pact on Tai­wan may be felt on Fri­day at the ear­li­est.

As Goni moves for­ward, twin trop­i­cal storm At­sani ap­pears to have stag­nated. As a re­sult, the two storms have in­creased the dis­tance be­tween them and ceased to in­ter­act with each other, the CWB said.

As of press time, Goni was 2,700 kilo­me­ters away from Tai­wan, and At­sani was 4,300 kilo­me­ters away. While the for­mer is inch­ing to­ward Tai­wan, the lat­ter is mov­ing to­ward Ja­pan.

With low wind shear, a moist at­mos­phere and am­ple ocean heat, chances are high that Goni will fur­ther in­ten­sify into a typhoon, me­te­o­rol­o­gists said.

Lin Ding-yi (

), of the CWB, said Goni’s fu­ture tra­jec­tory won’t be con­firmed un­til Thurs­day, when the high-pres­sure sys­tem in the Pa­cific re­cedes. Its fringe wind is ex­pected to af­fect Tai­wan on Fri­day, Lin added.

How­ever, much un­cer­tainty still lies ahead. The closer Goni gets to Tai­wan, the more dif­fi­cult it will be to pre­dict its fu­ture path, fore­cast­ers said.

More Rains in the Days Ahead

In the day ahead, due to the im­pact of a south­west­erly wind, Cen- tral and South­ern Tai­wan may see brief rain dur­ing the day.

Strong con­vec­tion may re­sult in af­ter­noon thun­der­show­ers in North­ern Tai­wan, and the public is ad­vised to be alert to gusts, quick showers and sud­den in­creases in wa­ter lev­els.

The CWB said a cold front is pass­ing to the north of Tai­wan, a sign that a win­ter weather sys­tem is now in de­vel­op­ment. The cold front will not land in Tai­wan, but may bring more clouds and spots of rain to the north.

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