The Central Weather Bureau (CWB) this afternoon issued a heavy rain warning for northern districts of Taiwan, including Taipei City, Keelung City, Taoyuan City, and mountain districts from Hsinchu County north, as Typhoon Kong-Rey passes close by on a trajectory predicted to take the storm through Japan’s Okinawa Prefecture, before heading to South Korea.
In the alert issued at 1:52pm, the CWB also issued a strong wind advisory for 18 counties and cities, including the offshore islands. The advisory warned that gusts of Beaufort-scale 9-11 could be experienced on the west coast, Hengchun Peninsular, the north coast, east and north-east coast, Penghu Islands, Kinmen, and Matsu Islands.
The bureau warned the public to avoid seaside activities and pay attention to safety in coastal areas as long waves of 2 to 5 meters generated by the typhoon are already pounding the east coast.
This year’s 25th typhoon, Kong-Rey has weakened sharply, according to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC), and is expected to be a severe tropical storm by this evening.
The CWB said that Kong-Rey will be closest to Taiwan this evening and tomorrow morning. The weather will become more stable as the typhoon gradually moves away tomorrow afternoon and evening. It is unlikely that the CWB will issue a sea warning, according to a bureau spokesperson.
At 8:00am this morning, Kong-Rey was situated 600km east of Taiwan and moving north-northwest at 17 kilometers per hour.