South­east­ern ferry ser­vices off due to Typhoon Goni

The China Post - - LOCAL -

Ferry ser­vices be­tween south­east­ern Tai­wan’s Taitung County and the out­ly­ing Orchid Is­land and Green Is­land will be can­celed due to Typhoon Goni, which could threaten the area this week, Taitung County gov­ern­ment said Wed­nes­day.

Ferry ser­vices be­tween Taitung and Orchid Is­land will be sus­pended from Thurs­day through Satur­day, while those be­tween Taitung and Green Is­land will be sus­pended be­tween Fri­day and Sun­day.

Based on Goni’s cur­rent path, fore­cast­ers said it could spin north on Fri­day and travel all the way up along Tai­wan’s eastern coast, bring­ing rain and gusty winds to the area where the is­lands are si­t­u­ated.

As of 2 p. m. Wed­nes­day, Goni was some 890 kilo­me­ters east- south­east of Elu­anbi, the south­ern­most tip of Tai­wan, mov­ing at a speed of 20 km be­com­ing 13 km per hour in a west­erly di­rec­tion, ac­cord­ing to the Cen­tral Weather 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.

Goni could in­ten­sify on its ap­proach to Tai­wan, the bureau said, adding that a sea warn­ing could be is­sued be­tween Thurs­day and Fri­day.

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