Goni to bring in heavy rain to north­ern & north­east­ern ar­eas

The China Post - - LOCAL -

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

Typhoon Goni

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.

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