By: Chang Hsiung-feng and Ko Lin
As of 8 a.m., Atsani was located about 670 kilometers east-southeast of Eluanbi, the southernmost tip of Taiwan, moving at a speed of 25 kilometers per hour in a westerly direction, according to the CWB.
With a radius of 80 km, the storm was carrying maximum sustained winds of 90 kph, with gusts of up to 119 kph, bureau data showed.
Atsani is forecast to move closest to Taiwan on Friday as it passes through the Bashi Channel between Taiwan and the Philippines, while its outer periphery is expected to bring strong winds and rain to parts of the island, with the heaviest rainfall forecast for northern and eastern parts of Taiwan. [FULL STORY]