Typhoon Mawar to affect Taiwan weather from Tuesday to Friday

Typhoon Mawar is expected to bring heavy rain to parts of Taiwan from Tuesday to Friday, and a marine warning is expected to be announced later today, Monday, May 29.

Long waves from the now moderate-level typhoon began to affect the east coast of Taiwan yesterday, Sunday. One person is dead and one remains missing after four people were swept into the ocean in two separate incidents on beaches in Yilan County and Hualien County, yesterday.

Meteorologists say the typhoon has weakened from a strong to a moderate typhoon, and it is expected to weaken further as it turns northward, tracking parallel with Taiwan’s east coast towards Okinawa, Japan.

According to Taiwan’s Central Weather Bureau, Typhoon Mawar this morning is located 650 kilometers southeast of Point Eluanbi and has a radius of around 300 kilometers. Mawar is moving northwest at a speed of 14 kilometers per hour.

Mawar is expected to slow down to a speed of 9 kilometers per hour, bringing significant rain to the east coast starting tomorrow, and in northern districts Wednesday and Thursday. Rainfall intensity will weaken as the typhoon moves away Friday, but larges swells and waves will continue to affect coastal areas until Monday.

Former CWB Weather Forecast Center director Daniel Wu warned that the margin of error in the forecast path of the typhoon is large, and a relatively small westward deviation could significantly increase the risk of catastrophic levels of rain.

The CWB warned people to avoid mountain areas and coastal waters.

Probable path of Typhoon Mawar based on ECMWF Ensembles from Weathernerds.org.
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