Un­cer­tainty re­main­ing as to whether Goni will hit is­land

The China Post - - LOCAL -

It re­mains un­cer­tain if Typhoon Goni will hit Tai­wan di­rectly as it moves closer to the is­land on Fri­day be­fore spin­ning north, a weather ex­pert said Wed­nes­day.

There are dif­fer­ent steer­ing winds in the area Typhoon Goni will pass over on Thurs­day that are mak­ing it hard to pre­dict the ex­act path the storm will fol­low, said Wu Der-rong, a pro­fes­sor with Na­tional Cen­tral Univer­sity’s Depart­ment of At­mo­spheric Sciences.

The Cen­tral Weather Bureau may is­sue a sea warn­ing, a sea and land warn­ing, or even no warn­ing at all for Goni, Wu said.

Another vari­able that could af­fect Goni’s fu­ture path is a stronger typhoon — Typhoon At­sani — headed to­ward Ja­pan be­cause it could af­fect the Pa­cific high pres- sure sys­tem in the re­gion, he said.

As of now, the Cen­tral Weather Bureau has Typhoon Goni head­ing west to­ward the Bashi Chan­nel south of Tai­wan be­fore veer­ing sharply in a north-north­east di­rec­tion start­ing Fri­day morn­ing.

The storm will hover over Tai­wan for about two days as it moves par­al­lel to the is­land’s east coast, ac­cord­ing to the bureau’s graphic.

As of 8 a.m. Wed­nes­day, Goni was some 1,150 kilo­me­ters east­south­east of Elu­anbi, the south­ern­most tip of Tai­wan, mov­ing at a speed of 21 kilo­me­ters per hour in a west­erly di­rec­tion, ac­cord­ing to the bureau.

With a ra­dius of 180 kilo­me­ters, the storm’s max­i­mum sus­tained winds were es­ti­mated at 173 kph, with gusts of up to 209 kph, the bureau’s data showed.

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