Typhoon Morakot Due to Hit Taiwan Tonight
*UPDATE 7th August 0100z - In Suao city, northeast Taiwan. Typhoon Morakot seems to have turned northwest and could make landfall near here tonight. Current winds are 80kts gusting to 115kts.*
Taiwan is bracing for the arrival of typhoon Morakot tonight as the storm churns towards the island with winds of over 90 miles per hour. Government offices, schools and the stock exchange are all closed today, Friday as weather conditions are forecast to detoriate rapidly.
The current forecast track takes Morakot to the northeast coast of Taiwan tonight and then into eastern China on Saturday.
Morakot comes hot on the heels of tropical storm Goni which made landfall near Macau and Hong Kong last night.
I am in Suao city in northeast Taiwan where heavy rain and strong winds are already affecting the region.
Please check back here for more updates on this developing situation. For more information please visit the following websites:
www.typhoonfury.com - Storm chaser website with pictures and video of typhoons as they make landfall around Asia.
www.cwb.gov.tw - Taiwan government weather bureau.
www.jma.go.jp - Japanese Met. Agency.