Super Typhoon Haima is not expected to directly threaten Taiwan because it is moving on a more southward course than expected, but air currents from its periphery could still deliver strong winds, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said Wednesday.
The bureau released strong wind advisories for Taiwan proper and the Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu islands, predicting winds of up to 102 kilometers per hour in open spaces in those regions, starting Wednesday evening.
Residents are advised to beware of winds and high waves in coastal areas.
The weather bureau also said that with Super Typhoon Haima moving on a more southern course than expected, its impact on Taiwan would not be as strong as previously predicted.
As a result, it is less likely that a sea warning will be issued later in the day as had been expected, the bureau said.
According to CWB data released at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Haima was centered 570 kilometers east-northeast of Manila (or 880 kilometers southeast of Eluanbi on Taiwan's southernmost tip), moving at a speed of 27 kilometers per hour in a west-northwest direction.
With a radius of 280 kilometers, the typhoon was carrying maximum sustained winds of 209 kph and gusts of up to 263 kph, the data showed.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel