Malakas strengthens into typhoon, to approach Taiwan Saturday: CWB

Tropical Storm Malakas has strengthened into a typhoon and is expected to come closest to Taiwan on Saturday, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said Wednesday.

As of 2 p.m. on Wednesday, the storm was located 1,380 kilometers southeast of Taiwan's southernmost point of Eluanpi (???) and was moving in a northwesterly direction toward Taiwan at 22 kilometers per hour, the bureau said.

The typhoon was carrying maximum sustained winds of 126 kph, with gusts of up to 162 kph, according to CWB data.

A sea warning for Malakas could be issued late Thursday or Friday, and it could affect northern and eastern Taiwan when it comes closest to the country on Saturday, the bureau said.

Malakas is expected to then move northward toward Japan, it said.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel