3rd October 2023 – (Beijing) China’s national observatory has issued a yellow alert, the third most severe warning in its typhoon warning system, as Typhoon Koinu approaches the southern and eastern parts of the country. This marks the 14th typhoon of the year and is expected to bring strong winds and potential hazards.
At 5am on Tuesday, the typhoon was located at 20.2 degrees north latitude and 125.2 degrees east longitude. According to the National Meteorological Center, it is projected to move northwest at a speed of 10 to 15 km per hour. The exact location of its landfall remains uncertain, as it may hit the coastal areas around the southern part of China’s Taiwan Island or bypass Taiwan altogether and head westward. In either case, the typhoon’s intensity is expected to gradually diminish from Wednesday evening to Thursday morning.
In response to the approaching typhoon, the National Meteorological Center has urged local authorities to take immediate action and implement emergency response measures. They have also advised remaining vigilant for potential flooding and geological disasters that may arise due to the severe weather conditions.