The Vincentian community has been called upon to offer up prayers of safety and protection for Vincentian students studying in Taiwan.
This as a number of students has reached out to News784, to inform us of the impending Super Typhoon that is expected to make landfall early Friday Moring.
Satellite readings indicate the storm has sustained winds of 150 knots (277 km/h), with gusts reaching 180 knots (333 km/h). These winds should ease to sustained levels of 120 knots (222 km/h) when the storm makes landfall.
The storm “poses a serious threat to Taiwan, Japan’s Ryuku Islands, and eastern China”, the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said.
Nepartak, which is a Micronesian warrior’s name, is dumping rain at the rate of about 19 cm per hour, according to NASA.Media reports indicate the storm has the potential to drop almost a metre of rain on central Taiwan as the storm crosses the island.
With three feet of rain possible, the storm has the potential to trigger deadly flash flooding, along with mudslides and rock slides, weather.com warned.Taiwan’s military has mobilised thousands of troops, and Premier Lin Chuan was briefed by emergency officials on Wednesday as preparations for the oncoming typhoon ramped up, the China Post said.