The Taiwan national government is now on high alert ahead of the arrival of super typhoon Nepartak, expected to barrel the island early on Friday morning local time.
According to Taiwanese local weather bureau, Nepartak has current speed of up to 280 kilometers per hour and gusts reaching even higher than the strength and grown almost as strong as the 2015’ super typhoon Soudelor, which first devastated the country billions of US dollars in damage.
Strong number of troops are now on post over the nation in preparation to the upcoming typhoon, according to the spokesman of Ministry of Defense.
The preparation of the country is focused on the potentially widespread of flooding, especially on the eastern part of Taiwan according to Li Wei-sen of Central Emergency Operations.
The typhoon rainfall of up to 900 mm is expected to fall in various parts of Taiwan that pushed the military on alert.
Nepartak is now considered as the Taiwan’s largest typhoon in about half a decade and first for the year, after the El nino phenomenon hits the northern hemisphere.
Meanwhile, the Northwest Pacific experienced its longest streak on record without a named storm, with a total of 200 days since December 2015.
Meteorologist and storm chaser have been sharing their thoughts over social media and described the typhoon as “near-perfect” because of its shape and size.
Local media of Taiwan reported food prices increases ahead of the typhoon, while the minister of transportation promised that Taoyuan International Airport would be able to withstand a direct hit from the storm.
The typhoon is likely to maintain it’s super typhoon status up until it reaches Taiwan and currently on the category of level 5 hurricane.