Weather Bureau issues land warning as typhoon Haikui heads for southeastern Taiwan

Taiwan’s Central Weather Bureau issued a land warning for Typhoon Haikui at 11:30 am today, September 2, forecasting that the tropical storm will make landfall in the southern part of Taiwan’s east coast early tomorrow, Sunday, September 3.

At 11:00 am this morning Typhoon Haikui was located 520 kilometers east of Point Eluanbi moving westward at a speed of 17 kilometers per hour. Maximum sustained winds near the center are 137 kilometers per hour with maximum gusts of up to 173 kilometers per hour. Sea surface temperatures are conducive to further intensification and expansion of the typhoon as it heads towards the coast and maximum impact is expected to be felt in Hualien County, Taitung County, and the Hengchun Peninsula.

 The CWB issued a strong wind advisory for Keelung, New Taipei City, Yilan, Hualien and Taitung counties, Green Island and Orchid Island, Hengchun Peninsula, and Matsu islands.

A heavy rain advisory has been issued for Keelung, Greater Taipei, and Yilan County.

The Directorate-General of Highways announced that as of 12:30 pm today the Baling to Xicun section of Provincial Highway 7 will be closed. Weather conditions are being monitored and road section controls may be implemented for coastal and mountain highways as required. Road users are warned to avoid driving on mountain roads unless absolutely necessary.

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