Whether Goni will make landfall in Taiwan will be clarified today
Whether or not Typhoon Goni will strike Taiwan will likely be clarified today, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) announced yesterday.
Westbound Goni will possibly head north earlier than previously expected along Taiwan’s east coast, according to the CWB. The storm is expected to make a northbound shift in direction on Friday, with accompanying sea warnings issued for Thursday or Friday. Land warnings are also expected to be announced.
The storm’s center was reported to be approximately 1,600 kilometers off Eluanbi, the southernmost tip of Taiwan, moving at speeds of 29 kilometers per hour in a westnorthwesterly direction. Goni’s maximum sustained winds were reported at 173 kilometers per hour, with gusts at 209 kilometers per hour.
CWB Chief Shin Tzay-chyn (
) stated that the storm’s path was more eastbound than previous data indicated, referring to the latest information available as of press time. If Goni makes its northbound turn too late, at a smaller angle or as part of a larger storm system, it will more likely pass through Taiwan’s eastern waters, or brush past the northeastern tip of Taiwan, Shin said.
Thursday is a critical stage for the typhoon — whether Goni will make its way north will be determined then, meteorology expert Peng Chiming ( ) said. Peng estimated that the storm will make its turn on Friday, and pass through Taiwan’s eastern waters over the weekend.
Goni is currently nearing the upper limits in its categorization as a medium-level tropical cyclone, CWB data showed. It is likely that the storm will be upgraded to a severe typhoon.
Prevention Measures Upped
also scrambling to set up preventive measures before Typhoon Goni nears Taiwan, creating tense situations especially for the Soudelorbattered areas.
New Taipei City Mayor Eric Chu ( ) announced precautionary evacuations in the mountainous areas of Wulai, Xindian, and Sanxia — all districts that saw severe damage from Typhoon Soudelor and likely to be surrounded by and sitting on loose soil, making these areas more susceptible to landslides.
Efforts to clear Wulai’s only road linking the district to the outside areas is still currently underway, Chu said.
For Taipei City, which saw the toppling of trees city-wide from the strong Soudelor winds, the Public Works Department ( ) has had its Parks and Street Lights Office reinforce trees likely to be blown over. The measures are expected to be finished before Saturday.
The progress of removing downed trees located along the roadsides of the city’s downtown areas have now been 70 percent complete, Public Works Department Director Peng Jhen-sheng ( ) said, while 65 percent of trees situated in parks have been restored.
Based on the recent experience with Soudelor, Peng stated that the department has prepared nine mobile 12-inch water-pumping machines, 40 mobile four-inch waterpumping machines, 133 submersible water pumps, five trucks and 5,910 empty sandbags.
Similar preventive measures are still going on in Miaoli County’s special industrial zone where the High Speed Railway runs through Houlong District, where approximately 2,700 tress fell due to Souledor, making up for 4 percent of fallen tress in the county alone.
Taipei City Park and Street Lights Office workers restore a fallen tree yesterday. Taipei City’s Public Works Department is increasing its preventative measures to strengthen trees as the medium-level Typhoon Goni continues on its expected route toward Taiwan.