Sea warn­ing is­sued for near­ing Typhoon Goni

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The Cen­tral Weather Bureau (CWB) on Thurs­day is­sued a sea warn­ing for Typhoon Goni, cau­tion­ing against in­creas­ing winds and rough waves in wa­ters off Eastern and South­ern Tai­wan.

Goni is forecast to turn north on Fri­day, mov­ing along the eastern coast of Tai­wan, with the eye pass­ing clos­est to the coun­try over the week­end, fore­cast­ers said. Taipei is pre­pared for a strength­en­ing Typhoon Goni as it is set to track closely along Tai­wan’s eastern coast over the week­end, the Cen­tral Weather Bureau said Thurs­day.

As of 8 p.m., Goni was cen­tered 450 kilo­me­ters south­east of Elu­anbi, the south­ern­most tip of Tai­wan, mov­ing at a speed of 10 kilo­me­ters per hour in a west­north­west­erly di­rec­tion, ac­cord­ing to the weather bureau.

With a ra­dius of 200 kilo­me­ters, the storm was car­ry­ing max­i­mum sus­tained winds of 184 kph, with gusts of up to 227 kph, the bureau’s data showed.

Ships op­er­at­ing in the Bashi Chan­nel and off Eastern Tai­wan, in­clud­ing the ar­eas around the out­ly­ing Green Is­land and Orchid Is­land, should be on high alert, the bureau warned.

Mass Trans­porta­tion Pre­par­ing for Storm

All ground-level metro train ser­vices will be sus­pended if sus­tained winds reach 90 kph dur­ing a pe­riod of 10 min­utes or if sud­den gusts are forecast at some 100 kph, said metro op­er­a­tor Taipei Rapid Transit Corp. (TRTC).

The in­ter­val be­tween un­der­ground metro ser­vices could be pro­longed un­der those cir­cum­stances, ac­cord­ing to the com­pany.

As for the el­e­vated metro ser­vice of Wenhu Line, it will be can­celed if sus­tained winds reach 41 kph and above dur­ing a pe­riod of 10 min­utes or if sud­den gusts are forecast at 90 kph, TRTC said.

In ad­di­tion, prepa­ra­tion work has been car­ried out at city-run fa­cil­i­ties, in­clud­ing the Taipei Chil­dren’s Amuse­ment Park and the Taipei Arena, gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials said.

Storm Track­ing Plane Re­treats

Mean­while, re­searchers for the Drop­wind­sonde for Typhoon Sur­veil­lance near the Tai­wan Re­gion (DOTSTAR) Pro­gram were forced to re­treat af­ter drop­ping 11 drop­son­des as their Aerospace In­dus­trial De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (AIDC) jet plane As­tra was hit by hail. Re­searchers in the DOTSTAR Pro­gram, known in Chi­nese as the “Wind Chaser Pro­gram” ( ), gather in­for­ma­tion on typhoons by drop­ping drop­son­des from about 13,000 feet at the edge of the storms. Data gath­ered by the pro­gram help im­prove the ac­cu­racy of the CWB’s fore­casts on the size, strength, struc­ture and route of storms.

Me­te­o­rol­o­gist Cheng Mingdean ex­pressed grat­i­tude for all those who have par­tic­i­pated in the DOTSTAR flight on a Face­book post, say­ing that they had al­ready “ac­com­plished their mis­sion per­fectly” by de­ploy­ing 11 drop­son­des.

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