TAIPEI, Taiwan - The Central Weather Bureau issued a sea warning late yesterday as Typhoon Hagibis, which was strengthened by a tropical depression near the Dongsha Islands, continued to approach.
The CWB issued the sea warning, the first of the year, at 11:30 p.m. The bureau said that Tropical Storm Hagibis strengthened into a typhoon at 2 p.m. yesterday afternoon, and it continued to move toward the north at a speed of 8 kilometers per hour.
According to the CWB, Typhoon Hagibis should not pose a great threat to Taiwan, so the chance of releasing a land warning should be low.
The CWB said that based on the direction the typhoon is heading, it will go toward Fujian or Guangdong without directly affecting Taiwan.
However, the CWB said that people should expect heavy rain on Sunday, especially in the central, south, and east of Taiwan under the influence of the outer-region circulation of Typhoon Hagibis.
The CWB said that the north and northeastern parts of Taiwan will not be affected by the approach of the typhoon as much, but people should still expect rain showers on Sunday.
The CWB's chief meteorologist Cheng Ming-dean (鄭明典) said that Penghu and Kinmen will be affected by the typhoon more intensely as it approaches.
According to the CWB, people should avoid visiting beaches along the southeast coastline as waves will be higher than normal.
The CWB also said that the weather will be unstable for the upcoming week and there will be rain showers or heavy rain hitting the central, south and eastern parts of Taiwan.
According to the CWB, rain will extend into next week and people should expect thunderstorms or regional heavy rain on Monday.