Goni strength­ens but too early to tell if it’ll hit Tai­wan: CWB

The China Post - - LOCAL -

Trop­i­cal Storm Goni has in­ten­si­fied and is now a typhoon but it is still too early to tell whether it will hit Tai­wan, the Cen­tral Weather Bureau said Mon­day.

As of 8 a.m. Mon­day, Goni was 2,400 kilo­me­ters off Elu­anbi, the south­ern­most tip of Tai­wan, mov­ing at a speed of 22-26 kilo­me­ters per hour in a west north­west­erly di­rec­tion, ac­cord­ing to the bureau. The storm’s max­i­mum sus­tained winds were es­ti­mated at 144 kph, with gusts of up to 180 kph, the bureau’s data showed.

Weather Forecast Cen­ter Di­rec­tor Cheng Ming-dean said on his Face­book page that the eye­wall of Goni is well formed like a donut cen­ter and is be­com­ing tighter.

Cheng said the spi­ral bands out­side the eye­wall of the storm are broad, with con­vec­tive cloud con­tin­u­ing to de­velop in­side the spi­ral bands, which in­di­cates that Goni may con­tinue to strengthen.

Wu Der-rong, a pro­fes­sor at Na­tional Cen­tral Univer­sity’s Depart­ment of At­mo­spheric Sciences, said that over the next three days, Goni will move steadily in a west north­west di­rec­tion to­ward the Bashi Chan­nel.

Af­ter that, the typhoon will en­ter an area that has com­plex steer­ing cur­rents, which will make fore­cast­ing more dif­fi­cult, he said.

Goni might move north along Tai­wan’s eastern coast or it might hit the is­land di­rectly, he said.

Wu said that af­ter Wed­nes­day, the fore­casts will be­come more ac­cu­rate and un­til then, peo­ple should not wildly spec­u­late about the typhoon or stir up panic.

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