Sea warning for Typhoon Megi could be issued Sunday: CWB

The chances that a sea warning will be issued for Typhoon Megi on Sunday are high, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said Saturday.

The CWB said Megi, which was upgraded from a tropical storm to a typhoon on Saturday afternoon, is moving steadily toward Taiwan, and a sea warning could very well be issued for the storm on Sunday night.

The bureau had previously said that a sea warning for Megi, the 17th storm of the typhoon season to form in the Pacific, would be issued Monday at the earliest.

A land warning is now likely to be issued on Monday, the bureau said, and it warned the public to take precautions.

As of 2 p.m. Saturday, Megi was located 1,580 kilometers east-southeast of Taiwan's southernmost tip and was moving in a west-northwesterly direction at 25 kph., according to the CWB.

The typhoon was packing maximum sustained winds of 118.8 kph, with gusts of up to 154.8 kph. The radius of the typhoon has expanded to 180 km, from 150 km Saturday morning.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel