Lekima Strengthens into Severe Typhoon|利奇馬增強為強颱 氣象局上午5縣市陸警
Typhoon Lekima has strengthened into a severe typhoon, and the Central Weather Bureau issued land warnings for Keelung, New Taipei City, Taipei, Yilan, and Hualien on the morning of Aug. 8. According to its forecast, Taiwan will bear the brunt of the typhoon between the evening of Aug. 8 and Aug. 9.
Typhoon Lekima has strengthened to a severe typhoon, and the Navy has dispatched assault amphibious vehicles to Suao Township in Yilan County to be on call and help out with any disaster relief work. The Central Weather Bureau's satellite images show Typhoon Lekima's eye is extremely clear, and its wind radius has expanded slightly. At present, its center is located over the open sea at a distance of 520 kilometers to the southeast by east of Taipei. It is currently moving at a speed of 15 kilometers per hour in a north-northwesterly direction. The typhoon's wind circle is gradually approaching the waters off of eastern Taiwan. The CWB has issued land warnings for Keelung, New Taipei City, Taipei, Yilan, and Hualien.
It will maintain its intensity or may strengthen slightly as it gradually approaches us. With regards to the predicted path, we are forecasting that it will pass over the waters off of northeastern Taiwan, and the odds of it heading towards the waters off of northern Taiwan are the highest. The overall environment's guiding airflow is more complicated, and of course we are not ruling out that it could approach northern Taiwan. During this process, if there are small changes to the guiding airflow, then its path may bring it slightly closer to Taiwan or slightly farther from Taiwan. Both of these situations remain possibilities.
The CWB says the northern and eastern regions will see intermittent rain starting on Aug. 8 due to the effects of the typhoon. The intensity of the rain will increase at night. Taiwan will bear the brunt of the typhoon between the evening of Aug. 8 and Aug. 9. The CWB has therefore issued wind and rain forecasts for those regions affected by the land warnings. During the next 24 hours, the rainfall could reach 250 to 300 millimeters in Taipei, New Taipei City, Keelung, Taoyuan, and Hsinchu, and other regions will see rainfall of 50 to 150 millimeters. Outlying islands, with the exception of Orchid Island and Green Island, will see rainfall of less than 50 millimeters.
The cities and counties of Taipei, New Taipei City, Hualien, and Yilan, and the region from Hsinchu in the north to Keelung will probably be covered by the wind circle. The rainfall will be the heaviest on Friday, and will probably finish falling in two days. With regards to the south, there will probably be a clear southwest circulation and it will rain from Friday afternoon until Sunday.
The CWB forecasts the typhoon will begin moving away from Taiwan on Aug. 10, although its south side will still have plenty of water vapor and there will be a chance of heavy or torrential rain falling over the central and southern regions. The public is therefore reminded to remain vigilant.
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