Newly formed Tropical Storm Megi is gradually approaching Taiwan and is likely to hit the island next week, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said Friday.
Megi, which was upgraded from a tropical depression to a tropical storm at 8 a.m. Friday, was located 2,160 kilometers east-southeast of Eluanbi on Taiwan's southernmost tip and was moving in a west-northwesterly direction at 20 kilometers per hour, according to the CWB.
The storm was carrying maximum sustained winds of 65 km per hour, with gusts of up to 90 km per hour, the weather bureau's data showed.
The bureau forecast that Megi will continue to strengthen and will affect Taiwan next Tuesday and Wednesday.
On its current path, Megi is expected to either make a landfall on Taiwan or brush past its southern tip as it moves through the Bashi Channel toward China, the bureau said, advising the public to take precautions.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel