Taiwan issues sea, land warnings for Typhoon Hagupit

September 22nd, 2008 - 3:33 am ICT by IANS  

Taipei, Sep 22 (DPA) Taiwan braced Monday for Typhoon Hagupit as the storm approached the Bashih Strait between Taiwan and the Philippines.After issuing a sea warning Sunday afternoon for Hagupit, the Central Weather Bureau issued a land warning early Monday as the storm was intensifying and moving closer to Taiwan.

In the last eight hours, Hagupit had moved some 200 km closer to Taiwan, and its strength has also intensified, the bureau said.

By 2:30 a.m. Monday, the eye of Hagupit was 530 km southeast of Erlunpi, Taiwan’s southern tip.

Moving in a northwesterly direction at 20 km per hour, Hagupit packs centre winds of 126 kph and gusts of 162 kph. The radius of typhoon-strength winds is 250 km.

The bureau expects Hagupit to bring strong winds and heavy rain starting Tuesday to south and southeast Taiwan.

Taiwan is affected by an average of a dozen typhoons annually, with several of them making direct landfall on Taiwan and causing serious damage.

Hagupit comes on the heels of Typhoon Sinlaku, which killed at least 11 people and left 11 missing.

Sinlaku crossed Taiwan’s northern tip on Sep 14 after spiralling for several days off Taiwan’s north-east coast.

Heavy rains brought by the typhoon set off landslides in Taiwan’s central mountains, toppling one hotel, burying one section of a mountain tunnel and caused one section of a bridge to collapse.

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