Malakas to affect north, northeast later Saturday

The Central Weather Bureau issued new land and sea warnings for Typhoon Malakas early Saturday, saying the effect of the storm will be most acutely felt from late morning until this evening.

Northern and northeastern Taiwan and are expected to see strong winds and torrential rain later in the day, the weather bureau said, despite the fact that there were few signs of a storm in the Taipei region overnight and early Saturday.

As of 5:00 a.m., the center of Malakas was located some 200 kilometers to the southeast of Yilan, moving in a northerly direction at a speed of 18 kilometers per hour, slowing to 14 kph, the bureau said.

It had moved at a slower pace than previously predicted, delaying the time when its worst effects are felt.

Malakas is not expected to make landfall in Taiwan but will instead turn northeast after its peripery sweeps past the northern part of the island.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel