Given the storm’s trajectory, it is still unclear whether Chanthu will first pass over Taiwan or miss the island before hitting southern China. Either way, at its current speed, the storm is forecast to make landfall on Saturday or Sunday.
Typhoon Chanthu is one of two dangerous weather systems that are sweeping the western Pacific. Severe Tropical Storm Conson made landfall in the Philippines on Monday night and will pass over the country before moving north toward China’s Hainan Island.
Chanthu is likely to be the strongest storm to hit Taiwan or mainland China since Typhoon In-fa in July, which worsened already severe flooding in China’s southeast.