Taiwan warns coastal areas to prepare for Typhoon Sinlaku
Taiwan told coastal communities to prepare for the arrival of Typhoon Sinlaku as the storm churned across the Pacific Ocean on a path toward the island.
Sinlaku is forecast to approach the northern tip of Taiwan late tomorrow or early September 14, lashing the island with heavy rain and high waves, the Central Weather Bureau said. Japan’s southwestern islands of Okinawa may also be hit by high waves caused by the storm, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.
The eye of Sinlaku was 290 kilometers (180 miles) east- southeast of eastern Hualien city at 11 a.m. local time, the Taiwan bureau said. The storm was moving west-northwest at 9 kph and is expected to turn west-northwest.
Sinlaku’s maximum sustained winds slowed to 184 kilometers per hour from 232 kph yesterday, making it a Category 3 storm, the third-strongest on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale of intensity. Winds were gusting to 278 kph.
Sinlaku, the 15th storm of the northwest Pacific cyclone season, is the name of a goddess worshipped on the island of Kosrae in Micronesia, according to the Hong Kong Observatory, which lists tropical cyclone names in use in the Pacific.