Powerful typhoon threatens Taiwan

Taiwanese began to stock up on food and emergency supplies Friday, after authorities issued a land warning for Typhoon Sepat, by far the most powerful storm to threaten the island this year. The Central Weather Bureau, which issued the warning late Thursday, said that at 8:30 a.m. (0030 GMT) Friday, Sepat was located about 410 kilometers (255 miles) southeast of coastal Taidung county in southern Taiwan. Packing sustained winds of 184 kilometers (114 miles) per hour, Sepat is moving northwest toward Taiwan at a speed of 21 kph (13 mph), the bureau said. If Sepat stays on its current course, the fringe of the storm could affect the island Friday afternoon and make landfall over southeastern Taiwan Saturday morning, it said.