Taiwan Warns Sea Vessels as Fifth Typhoon of the Year Approaches

Taiwan warned ships headed for its coastlines to take precautionary measures as the fifth typhoon of the year approached the island packing strong winds.

Premier Mao Chi-kuo asked ministries and local governments to stay on high alert and start preparing for heavy rain, the cabinet said in a statement on Thursday. Typhoon Goni carried sustained windspeeds of 184 kilometers per hour (114 miles per hour) as of 5 p.m. local time, according to Taiwan’s Central Weather Bureau. That’s the equivalent of a Category 3 storm on the Saffir-Simpson hurricane scale.

Earlier this month, Typhoon Soudelor battered Taiwan, leading to almost 160,000 coastal residents being evacuated, canceling flights and train services and leaving millions without power. Soudelor, the fourth typhoon to trigger sea or land warnings in Taiwan this year, left at least six people dead.

Though not expected to make landfall in Taiwan, Goni will bring wind and rain, with the eastern coast expected to be hit the hardest, the weather bureau said.

By Saturday morning, Goni is expected to make a northeasterly turn just off the eastern coast and head toward Japan, a weather bureau graphic on its website showed.

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