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Typhoon Megi on track to hit Taiwan Tuesday: CWB

Minor Typhoon Megi is expected to hit Taiwan next Tuesday, Sept. 27, by which time it may have strengthened to a moderate typhoon, according to the Central Weather Bureau.

Currently located approximately 2,000 kilometers east to Cape Eluanbi in Hengchun Township, Taiwan's southernmost tip, Megi is moving in a west-northwesterly direction at 21 kilometers per hour (kph).

With a radius of 100 kilometers, the minor typhoon is sustaining winds of 64.8 kph with gusts of up to 90 kph, as of 2 p.m. on Friday.

The weather bureau announced late Friday that it was set to issue a sea warning on Monday and possibly earlier if Typhoon Megi continued to strengthen.

Weather forecaster Peng Chi-ming (彭啟明) said Typhoon Megi was a "fat" typhoon and that therefore, the bureau could not rule out the possibility of it strengthening into a moderate typhoon.

According to the forecast, the east coast can expect rainfall as soon as next Monday.

Over the weekend, western Taiwan will enjoy more stable weather, while Central and Southern Taiwan should expect short thunderstorms in the afternoon, according to the bureau.

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