Typhoon Sinlaku has undergone explosive deepening in the last 24 hours and is on course to pass close to or even strike Taiwan in the next few days. According to the Japanese Meteorological Agency, typhoon Sinlaku has sustained winds of 92 mph with gusts up to 130 mph.
There is quite a spread in forecast tracks between the regional meteorological centres with the American JTWC expecting Sinlaku to impact the southern Japanese island of Kyushu whilst Hong Kong's HKO predict an impact on Taiwan.
The typhoon was heading north at 7 kph and is forecast to strengthen to a Category 4 storm with winds of 213 kph by late tomorrow. The typhoon is expected to approach the Okinawa islands in southwestern Japan on Sept. 12, according to the center. Waves are as high as 6 meters (20 feet) in the vicinity of Sinlaku's eye, the typhoon center said.
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.
I will be travelling to Taiwan on Friday for work and should typhoon Sinlaku strike the island I will provide updates here.
For more information please consult:
www.typhoonfury.com - My website with information on current and previous high impact typhoons in Asia.
http://www.cwb.gov.tw/V5e/index.htm - Taiwan's Central Weather Bureau.
http://www.jma.go.jp/en/typh/ - Japanese Meteorological Agency
www.typhoon2000.ph - Philippines based typhoon tracking website