Typhoon Krosa has intensified further today over the western Pacific and the non-offical Joint Typhoon Warning Centre (JTWC) has designated the storm super typhoon status with sustained winds of 150mph with gusts to 185mph.
There is still some uncertainty in the forecast track of typhoon Krosa with the Japanese Meteorological Agency (JMA) forecasting the storm to clip the north of the island whilst JTWC expect landfall on Saturday afternoon in central Taiwan.
Taiwan's Central Weather Bureau (CWB) have already issued typhoon warnings. The storm is likely to cause major disruption to transport tomorrow accross Taiwan and it is expected that Taoyuan International Airport will be closed for a period as the typhoon passes.
Typhoon Krosa could go on to affect eastern China on Sunday but the current forecast beyond 48 hours is uncertain.
In August this year typhoon Sepat ploughed into central Taiwan with ferious winds and torrential rain killing one and three weeks ago super typhoon Wipha lashed northern Taiwan.
Typhoons regularly strike Japan, China, Taiwan and the Philippines over the summer and autumn months.
I am at Shanghai Pudong International Airport waiting for my flight to Taipei (via Macau). I arrive in Taiwan tonight at 2120 local time and will move into position first thing tomorrow morning to cover the impact of typhoon Krosa firsthand for NowPublic.com
For more information please consult the following websites.
www.jma.go.jp - Website of the official forecasting agency in the north west Pacific, Japanes Meteorological Agency.
www.typhoon2000.com - Philippines based typhoon tracking website.
www.cwb.gov.tw - Meteorological website of the government of Taiwan.
More updates to follow....