Typhoon Morakot/Kiko Expected to Hit Taiwan and Mainland China25.0N 121.5E
Typhoon Morakot (09W), also known as Kiko, located approximately 90 nautical miles south-southeast of Taipei, Taiwan has slightly intensified and tracked west-northwestward at 7 knots over the past six hours. Maximum significant wave height is 29 feet.
Animated multispectral imagery shows convective bands around the low level circulation center have tightened and slightly compacted. Upper level analysis indicates a mesoscale anticyclone over the system is enhancing radial outflow.
Typhoon Morakot will make landfall into northern Taiwan by TAU 12 and weaken due to its interaction with the island’s topography. The system will then track on a more northwestward trajectory in response to an approaching mid-level trough to the northwest. By TAU 48, TY 09w will make landfall near Fozhou, China, then rapidly dissipate.