Typhoon Megi, which is battering Taiwan with heavy rain and powerful winds, will slow down later Tuesday, prolonging its impact on the island, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said.
As of noon Tuesday, Megi was centered 90 kilometers east-southeast of Hualien carrying maximum sustained winds of 162 kilometers per hour and gusts of up to 198 kph, with the storm's radius covering all of Taiwan, CWB data showed.
Currently moving at 23 kilometers per hour in a west-northwesterly direction, the typhoon is forecast to slow down to 14 kph later in the day.
In that case, the eye of the storm will not make landfall on Taiwan until Tuesday evening instead of early Tuesday afternoon as had been forecast and extend its onslaught of the island, the bureau said.
The CWB predicted that Typhoon Megi's direction and speed will change after making landfall due to damage to its structure.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel