Taiwan’s Central Weather Bureau has issued a marine warning for the Bashi Channel and surrounding waters as super Typhoon Chanthu approaches from the southeast this morning, Friday, September 10.
Chanthu quickly morphed from a tropical depression earlier this week into a category 5 tropical storm over a period of just two days, making the 14th named tropical storm of the 2021 typhoon season the strongest to form in the northwest Pacific so far this year.
Chanthu is expected to affect weather on Taiwan’s main island and islands off the east coast from Saturday through Monday as the forecast path takes it on a south-north trajectory close to the east coast.
The CWB said that the location of Chanthu at 5:30 am Friday was around 680 kilometers southeast of Point Eluanbi and that is was traveling northwest at a speed of 16 kilometers per hour. The storm is packing sustained winds of 191 kilometers per hour near the center, with gusts of up to 234 kilometers per hour.
The CWB said that tomorrow Chanthu’s peripheral circulation will bring showers and thunderstorms to eastern districts and the Hengchun Peninsula.
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