Friday, September 20, 2013

Typhoon Usagi Moves Towards Philippines, And Taiwan

I'm in Taiwan and it's raining here quite a bit today. Typhoon Usagi is suppose to hit southern Taiwan later this evening. Usagi has wind speeds of up to 175 km/h (109 mph). Meteorologists say that Usagi could become the most powerful typhoon of 2013. 

On Friday morning, typhoon Usagi was 560km (350 miles) east-southeast of Taiwan and 360km (225 miles) from the northern Phillippines, weather officials said. Both Taiwan and the Philippines have issued alerts and warned boats to exercise caution.

Emergency and health personnel in the southern provinces have been placed on standby, and Taiwan's Central Weather Bureau issued a land warning for Friday morning, and forecast heavy rainfall for northern and eastern Taiwan.

Typhoons are common during the summer in parts of East Asia because of the warm moist air and the low pressure conditions; these conditions enable tropical cyclones to form.

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