Typhoon Utor continues to intensify while nearing the nation's southeast
By Joy Lee, The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Typhoon Utor, which formed yesterday morning, continues to intensify and is expected to affect Taiwan by next Monday, according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) yesterday.
August 11, 2013, 12:02 am TWN
The CWB said that Typhoon Utor was about 1,270 kilometers away from South Cape and moving in a west-northwesterly direction at a speed of 19 km per hour, according to yesterday's 2 p.m. broadcast.
CWB forecaster Jiang Li-hong (姜禮鴻) said that if the storm's speed and direction remain the same, Aug. 12 and 13 might be the periods when Typhoon Utor is closest to Taiwan.
“As Utor approaches Taiwan,” Jiang said, “it is expected to bring rainfall to the eastern and southern parts of Taiwan while cooling down the temperature nationwide.”
“Next Monday and Tuesday, there might be short thunder showers in some areas in the northern parts of Taiwan,” said Jiang.
According to the CWB, the typhoon's maximum sustained wind speed is around 43 meters per second with a radius of 150 km.
Jiang said that the record-breaking high temperatures of the past few days will not repeat starting from next Wednesday for the anticyclone on the Pacific Ocean started to weaken and the warm air being brought up from the south will also increase the amount of clouds nationwide.
“Even though the weather will still be hot,” Jiang said, “the maximum temperature will be around 36 degrees Celsius instead of those record-breaking temperatures recorded last week.”