Meteorologists with the Joint Typhoon Warning Center predict that the storm will make landfall on the island late Thursday night into Friday morning. When it does, the strength will be the equivalent of a Category 4 or 5 hurricane.
On Wednesday morning, the storm peaked with winds reaching 175 miles per hour. The super typhoon is expected to weaken in the coming days. Right now, the JTWC predicts the storm will move over Taiwan and then move northwest to Eastern China, bringing inches of rain to an already flooded region.
Typhoon Warnings have been issued for eastern Taiwan.
The northwest Pacific has experienced its longest streak on record without a named storm, totaling 200 days.
Taiwan's military mobilized thousands of troops and Premier Lin Chuan () was briefed by emergency response officials Wednesday, according to The China Post.