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Goni upgraded to typhoon as it approaches

Staff writer, with CNA

Tropical Storm Goni has intensified and is now a typhoon, but it is still too early to tell whether it will hit Taiwan, the Central Weather Bureau said yesterday.

At 8am yesterday, Goni was 2,400km off the nation’s southernmost tip, moving at 22kph to 26kph in a west-northwesterly direction, the bureau said.

The storm’s maximum sustained winds were estimated at 144kph, with gusts of up to 180kph, bureau data showed.

Weather Forecast Center Director Cheng Ming-tien (鄭明典) said on his Facebook page that the eyewall of Goni is well formed and is becoming tighter.

Cheng said the spiral bands outside the eyewall of the storm are broad, with convective cloud continuing to develop inside the spiral bands, which indicates that Goni might continue to strengthen.

National Central University Department of Atmospheric Sciences professor Daniel Wu (吳德榮) said that Goni would move steadily west-northwest toward the Bashi Channel over the next three days.

After that, the typhoon will enter an area that has complex steering currents, which will make forecasting more difficult, he said.

Goni might move north along Taiwan’s east coast or it might hit the island directly, he said.

Wu said that after tomorrow, the forecasts would become more accurate and until then, people should not speculate about the typhoon or stir up panic.

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