By: Keoni Everington, Taiwan News
Weather expert Wu Der-rong said on Monday that Typhoon Haima is continuing to strengthen and
based on current projections, the periphery of typhoon is expected to come into contact with Taitung, Hualian and Pingtung on October 20 or 21, bringing heavy rain to those cities. Yilan as well as mountainous areas in the north and south will see brief showers.
Typhoon Haiman, the 22nd typhoon of the year, as of 8 a.m. Monday was 2,130 km southeast of Eluanbi, and was moving west-northwest at 25 kilometers per hour, with maximum sustained winds of 144 kph and gusts of up to 180 kph, according to the Central Weather Bureau. Haima may begin to impact the Philippine island of Luzon, or Taiwan late on Wednesday, Oct. 19 or 20, possibly as a super typhoon, before eventually making landfall in Guangdong, China.
Wu De-rong believes that due to high ocean temperatures and low vertical wind shear, the storm will continue to strengthen and will be close to Luzon island before reaching its greatest intensity. At which time it will at least become a strong typhoon if not a super typhoon.
Wu De-rong said, at its present path, he estimates it will gradually approach Luzon and Eastern and Northern Taiwan by Oct. 19, bringing gradually increasing rains. On Oct. 20 or 21 its peripheral circulation current will likely bring heavy rains to Taitung, Hualian and Pingtung, while mountainous areas of Yilan and the South and North will also have brief showers. [FULL STORY]