Severe Tropical Storm Atsani expected to come closest to Taiwan Friday, bringing powerful winds and heavy rain
By: Keoni Everington, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
As of 2 a.m. (Nov. 5), Tropical Storm Atsani was located 670 kilometers southeast of Taiwan's southernmost tip of Eluanbi, moving west at a speed of 25 kilometers per hour, according to the CWB. What the weather bureau describes as a "severe tropical storm" has a radius of 80 kilometers and is packing maximum sustained winds of 90 kph and gusts of up to 118 kph.
At 8:30 a.m., the CWB issued a sea typhoon warning for Atsani, the 20th tropical storm of the year. It is gradually approaching the Bashi Channel and is expected to bring winds ranging from level 8 to 9 on the Beaufort scale to eastern Taiwan, the southeast, the Hengchun Peninsula, open coastal areas in the north and central regions, Penghu, Kinmen, and Matsu. Large waves are also likely in the eastern part of the country, the Hengchun Peninsula, and on the north coast of Keelung.