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Typhoon Neoguri forecast to bring showers

TAIPEI -- The Central Weather Bureau on Monday upgraded the latest Pacific storm — Neoguri — to a super typhoon and predicted that will bring showers to northern and eastern parts of Taiwan.

As of 2 a.m. Monday, the storm was located 910 kilometers east-southeast of Taiwan's southernmost tip of Eluanbi, moving in a northwesterly direction at a speed of 22 kilometers per hour, forecasters said.

It was packing sustainable winds of 184 kph, with gusts of 227 kph, as it moved toward Japan, forecasters said.

Although Super Typhoon Neoguri is not likely to hit Taiwan directly, its outer bands are likely to bring rainfall to Taiwan, according to the bureau.

The storm will pass closest to Taiwan between Monday and Tuesday, the bureau said, cautioning against activities in waters east of the island.

Strong gusts are possible in coastal areas of eastern, northern, and southwestern Taiwan, causing rough waves that could reach up to 6 meters high, forecasters warned.

Meanwhile, daytime temperatures are expected to hover between 33 and 35 degrees Celsius islandwide, the bureau said.

Flights between Taipei and Japan Disrupted

Major airlines in Taiwan announced changes to their flight schedules on Monday because of the potentially disruptive effect of Super Typhoon Neoguri, which is expected to threaten Okinawa Tuesday morning and Kyushu Wednesday morning.

China Airlines (CAL), the country's largest carrier, said its flights to and from Okinawa on Monday will take off one hour ahead of schedule and use bigger aircraft than normal.

Flight CI122 traveling from Taipei (Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport) to Okinawa will take off at 4:25 p.m., while the returning flight, CI 123, will leave Okinawa for Taipei at 7:45 p.m. (Japan time).

CAL said it will cancel its two round-trip flights between Taipei and Okinawa (CI120/CI121 and CI122/CI123) on Tuesday.

The airline will also postpone flights by subsidiary Mandarin Airlines scheduled for Tuesday between Taichung and Okinawa (AE2282/AE2283) and Kaohsiung and Okinawa (AE280/AE281) to Wednesday.

EVA Airways said its flight BR112 from Taipei to Okinawa on Tuesday will be delayed to 5:45 a.m. on Wednesday, while TransAsia Airways said it will cancel its Taipei-Okinawa flights GE682/GE681/GE3682/GE3681 on Tuesday.

According to Taiwan's Central Weather Bureau, the super typhoon was packing steady winds of 184 kilometers per hour with gusts of up to 227 kph as of 2 p.m. It was located 640 kilometers east southeast of Hualien County or 510 kilometers south of Okinawa and headed in a north-northwest direction.

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The route of the latest Pacific storm, Neoguri, is shown in this July 7 photo. The Central Weather Bureau on Monday upgraded Neoguri to a super typhoon and predicted that it will bring showers to northern and eastern parts of Taiwan. Although Super Typhoon Neoguri is not likely to hit Taiwan directly, its outer bands are likely to bring rainfall to Taiwan, according to the bureau. (CNA)

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