Typhoon Matmo heading toward Taiwan, China
TORONTO – Another typhoon is threatening parts of Asia this week, bringing dangerous conditions to the island of Taiwan and mainland China.
Typhoon Matmo formed on July 17 over the southern Philippine Sea, making it the tenth tropical depression of the Northwestern Pacific Ocean this season.
On Monday, Matmo was producing maximum sustained winds of 130 km/h with gusts near 157 km/h making it a Category 1 on the Saffir Simpson scale, used to measure hurricane strength in North America. The Joint Typhoon Warning Center is forecasting some strengthening as the storm moves over warmer water.
The typhoon is moving northwestward at 20 km/h and producing waves of roughly eight metres.
The Central Weather Bureau of Taiwan issued a typhoon warning as the storm is expected to pass directly over the island as a Category 2 by Tuesday.
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