Typhoon Lionrock is not likely to have a major impact on Taiwan because the storm, which is hovering above the Pacific Ocean southeast of Okinawa, should stay a good distance away from the island, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said Wednesday.
As of 8 a.m., the typhoon was about 1,200 kilometers east-northeast of Taiwan and was slowly changing course to move in a west-southwest direction, according to CWB data.
Its speed had slowed to 4 km an hour from 9 km an hour, and it was packing maximum sustained winds of 126 kilometers per hour with gusts of up to 162 kph, CWB data showed.
The bureau expects the typhoon to continue changing and eventually reversing course in the coming days and head in a north-northeast direction, a change in direction that will limit the storm's impact on Taiwan.
The CWB expected the storm to come closest to Taiwan over the weekend.
Though the typhoon will not directly affect Taiwan, the storm's peripheral cloud system could bring rain to the island, but the amount of rain will depend on the distance between the island and the storm. the CWB said.
On Wednesday, temperatures in Taiwan are forecast to range between 33 and 35 degrees Celsius, and sporadic showers are expected in central and southern Taiwan, including the mountainous area of Taitung, in the afternoon.
Keelung in northern Taiwan, mountainous areas in the northern part of the country, and Yilan and Hualien counties in eastern Taiwan are also expected to see showers on Wednesday afternoon, the bureau said.
According to the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA), meanwhile, the Pollutant Standard Index (PSI) across Taiwan and on outlying islands is expected to range between "moderate" and "good" levels.
As for the concentrations of fine particulate matter smaller than 2.5 micrometers (PM2.5), all areas around Taiwan will see low levels, indicating good air quality, EPA data showed.
Source: Focus Taiwan