The bureau's forecast for Haima's path over the next few days showed that the typhoon could move north or south.
Typhoon Haima could strengthen over the next few days, carrying torrential rains to Taitung, Hualien and Pingtung counties due to an interaction between the typhoon and southeasterly winds, former Central Weather Bureau director-general Daniel Wu (吳德榮) said yesterday.
Sarika made landfall in eastern Philippines on Sunday after leaving at least two people dead a day earlier, thousands of villagers displaced and hundreds of planes grounded.
Sarika has already been blamed for at least 24 deaths over the weekend, when the storm passed over the northern Philippines, according to ABC News.
"We are not discounting that possibility (of Lawin intensifying into a super typhoon)", Loiz said, noting that the cyclone remains over the sea, where cyclone intensification is "favorable".
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"Fisherfolks and those with small seacrafts are advised not to venture out over the northern and western seaboards of northern Luzon and the western seaboard of Central Luzon", it said. The storm has caused enormous damage by flooding villages and downing trees.
In addition to the damaging winds, flooding rainfall further inundated Luzon, with more than 400 mm (16 inches) reported in the city of Virac. The onshore winds could make for abnormally high tides in cities from Hai Phong in Vietnam to Fangchenggang of southern China.
The system will move through the Gulf of Tonkin toward the border between China and Vietnam.
Even through the center of the storm is expected to track well to the south of Taiwan, bands of heavy rain could trigger flash flooding in the southeastern portion of the country on Thursday. Sarika's final landfall is expected in northeastern Vietnam on Wednesday, local time. Residents in this area should continue to monitor Haima.