By: Sophia Yang, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
Having become one of the biggest storms the world has seen this year, Super Typhoon Haima is
barreling southward on a course to make landfall in northern Luzon of the Philippines sometime between late Wednesday and early Thursday, and is expected to spare Taiwan.
Meanwhile the Central Weather Bureau has issued a heavy rainfall warning for southeastern Taiwan and the Hengchun Peninsula of Pingtung County triggered by the typhoon’s peripheral circulation, which will begin to impact Taiwan on Thursday.
The bureau said the chance of issuing a sea warning for the typhoon is diminishing but could not rule out the possibility.
The typhoon quickly strengthened over the past three days, reaching typhoon status on Sunday morning. It continued to intensify and reached super typhoon status early Tuesday, with sustained winds over 280 km/h late Tuesday. This is the equivalent of a catastrophic Category 5 hurricane in the Atlantic Ocean. [FULL STORY]