Taiwan was today bracing for the arrival in the coming days of Super Typhoon Soudelor, which has been described as 2015’s most powerful storm anywhere on the planet.
Hong Kong Observatory predicted the storm would cut across the middle of Taiwan, although accurately forecasting its path days ahead of landfall is difficult.
Sustained winds at the centre of the storm, which intensified rapidly on Monday, are currently in the region of 195km/h, the Observatory said, while gusts of more than 350km/h have been recorded, according to The Weather Channel.
The Observatory predicted the weather for Hong Kong will be very hot in the next couple of days due to the incoming storm, with temperatures tomorrow predicted to hit 34 degrees Celsius.
“Tropical Cyclone Soudelor will move across the western North Pacific towards the seas in the vicinity of Taiwan in the next couple of days,” the Observatory said in a statement on its website this morning.
“Under the influence of its outer subsiding air, the very hot weather will persist over the coast of Guangdong in the latter part of this week.”
The storm is expected to start affecting Taiwan as early as Thursday night, while its effects are likely to be felt for several days.