Uncertainty remaining as to whether Goni will hit island
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.