By: Ko Lin, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
The eye of Typhoon Dujuan is expected to make landfall between 9 p.m. to midnight on
Monday, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said, cautioning the public in northern and eastern Taiwan to be prepared for heavy rain.
As of 8 a.m., the intensifying Dujuan was centered 260 kilometers east-southeast of Hualien, moving at a speed of 21 kilometers per hour in a west-northwesterly direction. It is packing maximum sustained winds of 184 km/h, with gusts reaching 220 km/h, according to the CWB.
The storm is expected to be closest to Taiwan Monday afternoon until Tuesday morning. Residents in Taipei (including Taoyuan and Hsinchu) and eastern Taiwan’s Hualien and Ilan are warned to brace for strong winds, with predicted 900mm of rainfall, the bureau said.
Meanwhile, the governments of Taipei, New Taipei and Keelung urged local residents to take measures to prevent flooding and to store water for future use. The turbidity of the water may rise to untreatable levels due to flooding as Dujuan has picked up strength and is forecast to bring heavy downpours to the cities and counties north of Miaoli. [FULL STORY]