Strong typhoons gain momentum as they head toward Taiwan


Bangkok (AP) — A strong typhoon that passed through much of the Philippines on Friday seemed to be gaining strength as it headed directly to Taiwan this weekend, forecasters said.

According to the Philippine Meteorological Agency, Typhoon Chantu is becoming a Category 5 “super typhoon” with a central wind of 215 km / h (134 mph) and gusts of wind up to 265 km / h (165 mph). The northeastern part of Cagayan. A super typhoon is a typhoon with a wind speed of 220 kph (137 mph) or higher.

Landing has not yet been ruled out for Cagayan, and authorities say it can cause flash floods and landslides, causing strong winds on the coast and causing very rough seas, even if the storm’s eyes remain off the coast. I warned that there was.

“The Mariners recommend staying in or evacuating to the port until the winds and waves subside,” said the Philippine Atmospheric and Geophysical Astronomical Agency.

Current forecasts are likely to hit the east coast of Taiwan on Sunday morning, and heading west could hit the island head-on, or turning east could be completely overlooked.

The Central Weather Bureau of Taiwan issued a typhoon warning while tracking a storm.

The agency said high waves were expected along the south coast of Taiwan and in the Bashi Strait between its southern tip and the northernmost island of the Philippines.

“The possibility of this typhoon reaching the super typhoon category has not been ruled out,” the Philippine Atmospheric and Geophysical Astronomical Agency said in a breaking news on Friday evening.

“On Sunday, typhoons interact with Taiwan’s rugged terrain, which could start to weaken, but stay in the typhoon category.”

“The relevant public and disaster risk mitigation and management offices are advised to take all necessary steps to protect life and property,” the agency added.

On the current course, typhoons are not expected to hit mainland China, but if they move west of current expectations, they could hit by Monday.

Typhoons, called hurricanes in the North Atlantic, Central North Pacific, and Northeast Pacific, are the same meteorological phenomenon.

A small typhoon struck the eastern Philippines on Tuesday, causing power outages in several states and then weakening to a severe tropical cyclone as it traveled west-northwest through the Sibuyan Sea.

Except for the seasonal monsoon rains, about 20 typhoons and storms hit the Philippines each year. The country is also located in the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire, where earthquakes and volcanic eruptions are likely to occur, making it one of the most disaster-prone countries in the world.