Tropical Storm Bailu May Make Landfall on Aug. 24|輕颱白鹿路徑南偏 週六可能在花東間登陸
Tropical Storm Bailu continues to approach Taiwan. As a Pacific high-pressure system has been stronger than anticipated, the typhoon's path has been altered and it is moving more southerly compared to Aug. 21. The storm may make landfall in Hualien and Taitung on Aug. 24. Weather experts say the water vapor is comparatively more solid in the lower half of the storm, and it is possible the storm will continue moving in a southerly direction.
On the morning of Aug. 22, Tropical Storm Bailu arrived at a point 1,100 kilometers to the southeast of Cape Eluanbi. It has only slightly increased in intensity during the past six hours. The tropical storm has also been affected by a Pacific high-pressure system, and it is moving more southerly compared to the previous day. The chances of the typhoon approaching Taiwan remain high. If its path and speed do not change, a maritime warning may be issued as early as the morning of Aug. 23.
If we look at the current predicted path, it will have the greatest impact on us on Saturday. This is why we may issue a maritime warning tomorrow morning. We also cannot rule out issuing a land warning. If we do issue one, it will most likely be after tomorrow afternoon.
The current forecast predicts the eastern region will begin feeling the effects of the storm's periphery starting on Aug. 23, and will experience intermittent rain. Aug. 24 is when the storm is expected to be closest to Taiwan, and it will rain across the island. Several regions may experience torrential rain. The storm will begin departing on Aug. 25. Weather experts say there is a chance the storm will alter its path and move south as the composition of the storm is comparatively more solid in the lower half and a Pacific high-pressure system is strengthening.
The intensity of the Pacific high-pressure system has clearly increased and it has extended westerly between yesterday and today. This has prevented the tropical storm from developing and moving north. Moreover, the center of gravity of this tropical storm is in the southern half, so there is a greater compulsion to move south than to move west.
Experts add this storm is moving quickly, and the time it affects Taiwan will not be long. When it approaches Taiwan, its intensity should be at the upper limits for a tropical storm. The path forecasted by various countries is converging, and there is the possibility that the storm will make landfall in the Hualien to Taitung region. The public is reminded to take any necessary precautions.
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