Rain forecast around Taiwan as Typhoon Megi approaches

Rain is expected across all areas of Taiwan on Monday as Typhoon Megi takes aim at the island, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said.

In parts of northern Taiwan and the northeastern county of Yilan, intermittent rain had already started in the morning and heavier rainfall can be expected in the afternoon, the bureau said.

Rain will also begin in the eastern counties of Hualien and Taitung as well as in mountainous areas of central and southern Taiwan later in the day, according to the CWB.

As of 8 a.m. Monday, Megi was centered 670 kilometers east-southeast of Hualien, moving at 21 kilometers per hour in a west-northwesterly direction toward Taiwan, the bureau's data showed.

The typhoon was carrying maximum sustained winds of 144 kph, with gusts of up to 180 kph.

The weather bureau issued a sea warning for Megi late Sunday and was expected to issue a land warning by noon Monday.

Megi is highly likely to make landfall on eastern Taiwan Tuesday before sweeping across the island, the CWB has forecast.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel