KUALA LUMPUR: Typhoon Hagupit has been detected around 914km off the northeast of Kudat, Sabah, moving in the north-west direction at 15kph at around 5am Monday.
The Malaysian Meteorogical Department in a statement Monday said that the typhoon was detected at latitude 13.0 degrees north and longitude 122.4 degrees east.
Category 1 storms with wind speeds of up to 50kph and waves as high as 3.5m are expected to hit Sabah (Sandakan and Tawau), Sulu and Sulawesi coastal areas with storms likely to continue till Wednesday.
The same is expected to happen in coastal areas of Kelantan, Terengganu, Pahang, East Johor, Bintulu, Mukah, Rejang, Kuching, Sarawak, Samui, Tioman, and Reef South with storms likely continue till Friday.
Category 2 storms with wind speeds of up to 60kph and waves as high as 4.5m are expected to continue to hit the coasts in Sabah, Labuan, Miri, Sarawak, Condore, Reef North, Layang-layang as well as Palawan until Friday.
The tropical storms are a danger to all shipping and beach activities, including fishing and ferry services, the statement said. â€“ Bernama