Typhoon Maria downgraded from super typhoon just before hitting Taiwan

Storm still poses serious threat to Northern and Central Taiwan, Matsu

Taiwan News
Date: 2018/07/10
By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Just as its outer rim touched Taiwan Tuesday

Preparations for Typhoon Maria in Taipei. (By Central News Agency)

evening, Super Typhoon Maria was downgraded to Typhoon Maria as a result of unfavorable sea temperatures, the Central Weather Bureau said.

By 6:15 p.m, the eye of the storm was located 290 kilometers east of Yilan and heading west-northwest at a speed of 31 km per hour. The highest windspeed near its center was 173 kph, with gusts of up to 209 kph, while still strong no longer enough to qualify as a super typhoon, experts said.    [FULL  STORY]

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