TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – A rapid tropical storm is about to hit Taiwan as of tonight (July 5) and could escalate into a tropical storm.
According to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB), at 4 a.m. this morning, TD07 was 940 kilometers southeast of Taiwan’s southernmost point, Eluanbi, moving from west to northwest at a speed of 34 kilometers per hour (km / h). It packs maximum sustained winds of 54 km / h and gusts up to 82 km / h.
Meteorologist and CEO of WeatherRisk Explore Inc, Peng Chi-ming (彭啟明), said based on current conditions, there is a good chance that the Tropical Depression will turn into the sixth tropical storm of the year – In-Fa. If this becomes a tropical storm, the CWB will issue a sea warning.
He said the storm is moving very quickly and will have the greatest effect on Taiwan from tonight until Tuesday morning (July 6). Peng predicted that the cyclone would bring heavy rains to the eastern half of Taiwan, the Hengchun Peninsula and Pingtung.
Peng said a maritime warning is likely, but whether a land warning is issued will depend on how the system evolves over the next few hours. He said that after crossing the Bashi Canal on Tuesday, there would be no lingering effects of the storm on Taiwan.
Regarding the weather today, Peng said daytime temperatures would be scorching across the country, with afternoon thunderstorms possible in mountainous areas. In the evening, heavy rains are likely in the eastern half of the country, the Hengchun Peninsula and southern Taiwan.
While central and northern Taiwan will see less impact, thunderstorms are still possible in mountainous areas. In addition, strong gusts of wind are likely from the Hengchun Peninsula to Taitung and to a lesser extent the northern coast of Taiwan.
After the storm cleared at midday on Tuesday, the weather in Taiwan will continue to be muggy, with opportunities for thunderstorms in mountainous areas in the afternoon. Due to a high pressure peak, the typical hot summer weather is expected to continue for one to two weeks.