Tropical storm Meranti has been gaining strength and is expected to develop into a typhoon on Sunday afternoon, according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).
Meranti, the 14th typhoon to form in the Pacific in this year's typhoon season, is now 1,700 kilometers away from Taiwan's southernmost point of Erluanpi (???), moving at 25 km per hour in a west-northwesterly direction toward Taiwan, the bureau said.
As many variables still remain uncertain and may affect the storm's path, course and strength, Tuesday will be a critical time to determine its sequential development, the bureau said earlier the same day.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel