Severe weather expected throughout Taiwan as Typhoon Megi hits

The Central Weather Bureau warned of severe weather conditions throughout Tuesday and lasting into Wednesday as the center of Typhoon Megi is expected to make landfall early Tuesday afternoon, bringing powerful winds and torrential rain all around Taiwan.

The weather bureau once again urged the public to take precautions, including removing objects from balconies, to minimize storm damage and injuries. People are also advised not to venture outdoors unless necessary.

As of 8:30 a.m., the center of the typhoon was located some 220 kilometers to the southeast of Hualien, moving toward Taiwan in a northwest-by-west direction at a speed of 22 kph, slowing to 18 kph. Wind speed close to the eye of the storm was registered at 45 meters per second, or 162 kph.

The outer rim of the storm reached Taiwan's eastern coast at about 5 a.m., putting Kinmen and Matsu Islands on the other side of Taiwan on alert in addition to the rest of the country, the bureau said.

As a precaution, the main highway along the Pacific Coast between Suao, Yilan County and Hualien was closed as well as the northern and central cross-island highways.

The Taiwan High Speed Rail is not in service Tuesday and trains operated by the Taiwan Railways Administration are not running except some regional trains that will be operated under certain weather conditions.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel