Goni to bring in heavy rain to northern & northeastern areas
Northern and Northeastern Taiwan can expect to be pelted by heavy rain in the coming days no matter how close Typhoon Goni gets to the island, a weather expert warned Friday, urging people to take precautions.
Wu Der-rong, a professor at National Central University’s Department of Atmospheric Sciences, said winds will blow from the north when the typhoon center sweeps north, possibly off Taiwan’s eastern coast.
That means Northern and Eastern Taiwan will bear the brunt of the storm, which is forecast to bring heavy to torrential rain whether or not the typhoon’s center makes landfall, Wu said.
While the possibility of a land warning cannot be ruled out, Wu said the chances that such a warning would be issued were low after a sea warning was issued late Thursday.
As of 2:30 p.m., Goni was centered 320 kilometers south-southeast of Eluanbi, the southernmost tip of Taiwan, moving at a speed of 7 kilometers per hour in a northnorthwesterly direction, according to the (CWB).
With a radius of 200 kilometers, the storm was carrying maximum sustained winds of 173 kph, with gusts of up to 209 kph, the bureau’s data showed.
According to Wu Wan-hua, a senior specialist at the bureau, Goni was spinning in the same place Friday morning and was expected to turn north Friday afternoon.
If it moves north parallel to the eastern coast of Taiwan as previously predicted, the CWB will not
Central Weather Bureau issue a land warning for the typhoon, Wu predicted.
Nevertheless, people should still be on the alert because the typhoon will be at its closest to Taiwan on Saturday and Sunday, she said.
Eastern Taiwan Braces for
People in Eastern Taiwan are taking precautions in anticipation of destructive weather brought by Typhoon Goni, which is expected to turn northward later Friday and sweep past coastal areas over the weekend.
Green Island and Orchid Island off Taitung County in Southeastern Taiwan, where storm surges and heavy gusts were being reported, announced school and office closures Friday afternoon.
Soldiers were also deployed in Eastern Taiwan to deal with potential emergencies and local farmers harvested their crops ahead of the storm.
Pomelo farmers in Rueisuei Township in Eastern Taiwan’s Hualien County said they hoped to pick as many pomelos as possible to meet market demand for the Mid-Autumn Festival on Sept. 27.
As of 2:30 p.m., Goni was centered 320 kilometers south-southeast of Eluanbi, the southernmost tip of Taiwan, moving at a speed of 7 kilometers per hour in a northnorthwesterly, according to the Central Weather Bureau.
The bureau expected the storm to veer north and then northeast beginning later in the day.
With a radius of 200 kilometers, the storm’s maximum sustained winds were estimated at 173 kph, with gusts of up to 209 kph, the bureau’s data showed.