Typhoon Malakas nears Taiwan

 

IR Satellite image Typhoon Malakas

IR Satellite image Typhoon Malakas

Typhoon Malakas continues to approach Taiwan, however, the center is expected to pass about 50-60 NM east of Taipei between 0600-1200 UTC on the 17th with max winds of 110-120 knots.  At that time hurricane force winds will extend outward only 20 NM west and 30 NM east with 50 knot or higher winds extending outward 50 NM west and 70 NM east.  Max significant wave height is currently estimated to be about 38 feet (11.6 meters).

 

Malakas is forecast to turn northward after passing Taiwan then northeastward towards Japan but will start to weaken after 18-24 hours.

JTWC forecast track for Typhoon Malakas

JTWC forecast track for Typhoon Malakas

About Fred Pickhardt

Fred Pickhardt, Marine Meteorologist I am a marine meteorologist and sailed briefly with American Export Lines in the Far East trade. I have extensive experience in marine weather analysis, marine weather forecasting, optimum ship routing, vessel performance evaluations and forensic marine weather event reconstructions. I founded Ocean Weather Services and as Owner and Chief Consultant currently provide optimum ship routing services and forensic marine weather reports to the maritime industry.
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