Typhoon Koinu expected to make landfall in southeastern Taiwan

Severe Tropical Storm Koinu intensified into a typhoon early Monday morning, and weather forecasters have it on track to make landfall in southeastern Taiwan Thursday.

According to Taiwan’s Central Weather Bureau, Typhoon Koinu this morning was located 755 kilometers southeast of Point Eluanbi, and moving in a northwesterly direction at a speed of 11 kilometers per hour. Koinu has a storm radius of approximately 200 kilometers packing sustained winds of 144 kilometers per hour, with gusts up to 180 kilometers per hour.

Satellite RGB image of Typhoon Koinu southeast of Taiwan
Satellite RGB image of Typhoon Koinu southeast of Taiwan at 4:20 pm, Monday, October 2.

The CWB expects to issue a marine warning later today, Monday, October 2, or early tomorrow, and a land warning may be issued as early as tomorrow afternoon.

Meteorologist Peng Qiming, of the Weather Risk Company, expects the storm radius to expand to 220 kilometers, and predicts the typhoon will make landfall somewhere between Taitung City and the Hengchun Peninsula. The predicted path is similar to Typhoon Haikui, which struck the coast at Taitung County in early September, being the first typhoon to make landfall on the island in more than four years.

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