Taiwan Prepares for Typhoon Hato

Typhoon Hato is expected to make landfall in southern Taiwan with the eye passing to the south of the island tomorrow. Although classified as a weak typhoon, Philippines state weather bureau PAGASA warned that the cyclone had intensified as it swept over the northernmost parts of the Philippines. According to PAGASA, maximum sustained winds had risen from 65kph to 80kph by late Monday morning. Counties on the east coast and in the south of Taiwan are bracing for heavy rain

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Tainan City Calls Emergency Stop Work/Class Due to Flooding

Tainan City Government this morning called an emergency stop work and class order after torrential rains brought by Typhoon Haitang caused extensive flooding around the city. As of 3:00am this morning, July 31, 436 people have been evacuated from flood-prone homes in 11 districts of Tainan. The mayor called the emergency stop work and class order at 6:25am. Stop work and class orders are usually issued the previous evening ahead of typhoon related weather events, however, Tainan City last night

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Typhoon Forms Close to Taiwan: Expected to Pass to the North

Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) upgraded a low pressure system to tropical depression status yesterday, naming the storm Nanmadol at midnight this morning. It is the third named tropical storm for the 2017 typhoon season. Taiwan Central Weather Bureau July 2 forecast increased wind and rough seas on the east coast during the afternoon, and on the north coast tonight and tomorrow. Although a sea alert has not been issued, the CWB said it may issue an alert if the storm

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Power Demand Surges as Temperatures Soar

Peak power demand reached a yearly high today, June 26, as air-conditioners were cranked up in homes and offices across the nation and temperatures reached a daily maximum of 36.2°C in Banciao District at 1:30pm. National electricity provider Taipower reported that peak demand reached a yearly high of 35.189KW, 500,000KW greater than the previous high for 2017 recorded June 12. The electricity reserve ratio, stood at 6.2%, which measures as a yellow alert. The demand peak was recorded at 1:46pm.

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Taiwan Swelters: CWB Advises on Sun-Protection

Taiwan’s Central Weather Bureau this morning issued an alert by instant messaging advising people to pay attention to sun-protection, drink plenty of water, and take measures to avoid heat-stroke, after temperatures reached 36°C at 9:43am in Taitung, and was expected to rise further during the day. The CWB said that Taiwan is currently under the influence of a Pacific high pressure system, and the Taipei area will experience temperatures between 33 and 36 °C, with a comfort level (heat index)

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Thousands Evacuated, Army on Standby as Heavy Rain Pounds Taiwan

More than 3,000 people were evacuated from landslide and flood-prone districts in Taiwan today as a rainy season meiyu (plum rain) front continued to inundate the island Saturday, June 17. In the mountainous Taoyuan District in Kaohsiung County more than 1,500 residents were evacuated as a precaution after 200mm fell overnight and forecasters predicted the rain to intensify during the day. Soldiers assisted with the evacuation. More people were evacuated after Central Weather Bureau forecasters said the rain would shift

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Taiwan Prepares for Deluge: Disaster Response Center Open

Taiwan’s Central Weather Bureau issued heavy to extremely heavy rain warnings covering most of Taiwan this evening as a “meiyu front” approaches. Three counties on the east coast have been spared the warning, although Taitung County has been issued a strong wind advisory. Coastal communities from New Taipei City to Chiayi County on the west coast, along with Kinmen, Matsu, and Penghu Islands have also been issued with strong wind advisories. The Ministry of Defense is preparing inflatable boats, rescue

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Hail Storm Followed by Double Rainbow: New Taipei City

Picture: Megan Liang An intense hail storm that lasted for about 10 minutes brought hail up to 5 centimeters in size to parts of Banciao and Hsinchuang districts in New Taipei City this afternoon, June 13. The hail storm was followed by a double rainbow. Photographer Megan Liang took a picture of the rainbow from the 12th floor of a building and posted it on Facebook where she wrote “a few minutes ago I was taking pictures of hail.”

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Torrential Rain Lashes Taiwan

A “meiyu” front, called plum rain by locals, has brought torrential rain, floods, and landslides all over the island as the East Asian rainy season begins in Taiwan. Municipal governments have declared a total of 81 schools closed for tomorrow, June 3, in flood and landslide-prone areas. The Central Weather Bureau issued heavy rain warnings rated extremely heavy, torrential, and extremely torrential for 15 counties this morning. Keelung City and New Taipei City were rated as “extremely torrential.” Power and

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Taipei 30.6 °C: Hottest Winter Solstice in 68 years

[Picture: United Daily News.] The mercury reached 30.6°C at 1:13pm in Taipei City today, marking the hottest temperature during winter solstice in 68 years, according to the Central Weather Bureau. Banciao District saw 30.9°C at 1:00pm. Last year also saw unusually hot temperatures for the winter solstice at a maximum of 30.5°C. The hottest temperature ever recorded in Taipei during the winter solstice was 31.5°C in 1934, while 1948 saw a high of 30.7°C.

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Continuous Rain Causes Rockfalls and Traffic Hazards

Three days of continuous rain has resulted in rockfalls, road-blockages, and a spate of traffic accidents in Taiwan, Wednesday, November 23. On Provincial Highway 9(the Su-hua Highway), a 55 year-old woman was seriously injured in a traffic accident at around 10:00am. The woman was riding as a passenger on a scooter when it collided with a semi-trailer at the 116km mark. A series of rockfalls saw the road temporary blocked in several locations, as road crews rushed to clear debris.

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