China - Taiwan Province + 3 more

China, Philippines, Japan – Tropical Cyclone Megi Update (GDACS, JTWC, CWB, JMA, PAGASA, CMA, Local Media) (ECHO Daily Flash of 27 September 2016)

  • TC MEGI continued moving north-west strengthening. On 27 September at 0.00 UTC its centre was located approx. 180 km south-east of Hualien county (Taiwan) and it had max. sustained wind speed of 185 km/h.

  • Over the next 24 h it is forecast to continue moving north-west as an intense Typhoon. Its centre may move over Hualien county on 27 September morning (UTC) as a Typhoon. It may then make a second landfall over Fujian province (China) on 28 September morning (UTC) possibly as a Tropical Storm. Heavy rain, strong winds and storm surge may affect the areas along its path. JRC calculations estimate a storm surge of the order of 1.5 m in Shih-shih (Fujian province) on 28 September at 0.00 UTC.

  • As of 27 September early morning (UTC), the Central Weather Bureau of Taiwan has issued a Sea and Land Typhoon Warning and an Extremely Heavy Rain Advisory for most counties of Taiwan and the Japan Meteorological Administration a Red Warning for storm and high waves for the prefecture of Okinawa. As of the same date, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration has issued Tropical Cyclone Warning Signals #2 for the Batanes group of islands and #1 for the northern Cagayan Valley including also the Babuyan group of islands.

  • Local media, as of 27 September early morning (UTC), reported that strong winds have already been affecting several areas of Taiwan causing traffic and transport disruptions, as well as several schools closed.