Due to super typhoon, Taiwan could issue sea warning Monday

Taipei, July 8 (CNA) Super Typhoon Maria is moving toward the sea off northern Taiwan, and if the storm keeps moving on this path, a sea warning will be issued Monday night at the earliest, according to the latest update by the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) Sunday.

As of 8 a.m. Sunday, Maria was 1,920 kilometers east-southeast of Eluanbi on Taiwan's southernmost tip, moving at a speed of 21 kilometers per hour in a west-northwesterly direction toward the waters off northern Taiwan, the CWB said.

If the typhoon stays on its current course, the bureau said, it would issue a sea warning Monday night at the earliest and would not rule out the possibility of issuing a land warning Tuesday morning, the CWB added.

The weather bureau forecast Super Typhoon Maria will be at its closest to Taiwan from Monday evening to Tuesday, bringing winds and rain to the northern area of the island.

According to the CWB's latest typhoon information, Super Typhoon Maria, whose storm radius reached 200 kilometers, was carrying maximum sustained winds of 190 kph, with gusts of up to 234 kph.

On Sunday, although the typhoon has not yet posed a direct impact on the country, there will be rough waves along the coastline of northern, eastern and southwestern Taiwan, as well as Hengchun Peninsula and Matsu, the weather bureau said, advising people to be aware of personal safety while taking seaside activities.

In Taiwan, the weather on Sunday would be humid and hot with thunder showers in the afternoon. Some areas around the island could be hit by heavy rain, according to weather forecast.

The highs would be at 32-35 degrees Celsius islandwide, with the temperature expected to reach 36 degrees around noon in the areas close to mountains in Kaohsiung and Pingtung County in the south.

The CWB reminded people to drink water as much as they can and take precautions against sunburns and heat strokes while staying outdoors.

Meanwhile, due to Super Typhhon Maria, ferry services between Taitung County and the outlying Lanyu and Green islands will be suspended on Tuesday and Wednesday, local transport companies said.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel