Storm still poses serious threat to Northern and Central Taiwan, Matsu
By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Just as its outer rim touched Taiwan Tuesday
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]