Taipei, Oct. 30 (CNA) Heavy rain can be expected in parts of northern and eastern Taiwan starting Tuesday afternoon until the weekend due to the combined effect of seasonal northeasterly winds and the periphery of Typhoon Yutu, the Central Weather Bureau said.
The typhoon, which made landfall in the northern Philippines early Tuesday, was located 600 kilometers south of Eluanbi on Taiwan's southernmost tip as of 8 a.m. Tuesday, according to CWB data.
It was moving at 18 kilometers per hour in a westerly direction, packing maximum sustained winds of 137 kph and gusts of 173 kph.
The typhoon will weaken with its structure damaged after hitting land, forecaster Lin Ting-yi (???) predicted.
By the time Yutu reaches the South China Sea and begins to move north and closer to Taiwan, it might be downgraded to a tropical storm, he said, adding that the CWB will continue to monitor Yutu's possible effect on Taiwan.
According to both CWB and Joint Typhoon Warning Center projections of the storm's path, Yutu is expected to veer north and head toward the Taiwan Strait on Nov. 2 and 3, but neither weather agency has forecast its course after that.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel