Land warning issued for Typhoon Malakas

The Central Weather Bureau issued a land warning for Typhoon Malakas at 8:30 a.m. Friday as the second typhoon to affect Taiwan in a week is expected to bring strong winds to the eastern and northern parts of the country later Friday and Saturday.

As of 8:30 a.m., the eye of the storm was located some 470 kilometers to the southeast of Hengchun, Pingtung County and was moving northwest at a speed of 22 kilometers per hour.

Instead of making landfall, it is likely to sweep north off the eastern coast of Taiwan before turning northeast, covering much of the eastern and northern parts of the island with potentially strong winds and heavy rain.

The bureau asked the public in Hualien and Taitung Counties in eastern Taiwan to take early precautions against storm damage.

Malakas is coming just two days after Meranti barreled across southern Taiwan, bringing the strongest gusts the region has seen in decades and some flooding. One man was killed and dozens of others injured because of the typhoon.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel