Super Typhoon Mangkhut poised to pounce on Philippines, Taiwan to be spared 

Super Typhoon Mangkhut’s periphery to bring rain to southern and eastern Taiwan

Taiwan News
Date: 2018/09/13
By: Keoni Everington, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

CWB satellite image of Super Typhoon Mangkhut.

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Super Typhoon Mangkhut has continued to gain in intensity but has shifted south and appears to be headed toward the northern Philippine island of Luzon, while it appears that Taiwan will be largely spared from its effects, according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).

CWB forecaster Wu Yin-fan (吳依帆) today said that the probability of issuing a sea warning has diminished as Mangkhut has shifted to the south, but there will still be significant rainfall in southern and eastern Taiwan. As of 2:00 a.m. this morning, Super Typhoon Mangkhut was located 1,510 kilometers southeast of Eluanbi and was packing maximum sustained winds of 198 kilometers per hour with gusts of up to 244 kilometers per hour, according to the CWB.

It is estimated that Mangkhut will come closest to Taiwan tomorrow evening (Sept. 15), but due to the intensification of a Pacific high pressure system, the typhoon’s path has shifted further south, pushing it further away from the country. The image below shows the Pacific high pressure system in red which is shielding Taiwan from Mangkhut:

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