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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Late Season Typhoon: Tropical Storm Ma-on

A tropical storm in the north-west Pacific Ocean formed into typhoon-strength, and was named Ma-on, Wednesday, November 10, 2016. It is the 24th named tropical storm for the 2016 typhoon season. At 2:00pm, Taiwan’s Central Weather Bureau said the cyclone was unlikely to affect Taiwan. The bureau expects the storm to move west-northwest.

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Philippines Bracing for Typhoon

Tropical typhoon Sarika, named “Karen” in the Philippines is about to make landfall on the main island of Luzon in the vicinity of Aurora Province. According to Philippines Atmospheric, Geological, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), the typhoon is expected to make landfall between midnight and 2:00am Sunday, October 16. Tropical typhoon Sarika is packing sustained winds of 130 kph, with maximum wind gusts up to 180kph. The tropical storm has intensified into a category 3 typhoon according to the Japan

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Man Survives 6 Days and Typhoon After Motorcycle Accident in the Mountains

A motorcyclist taking a ride through the scenic mountains of Ilan County last Sunday, September 25, slipped off the road and down a steep slope in wet weather. The man was found by road engineers surveying typhoon damage today, Friday September 30. The 30 year-old man, surnamed Lin, from Luodong in Ilan County, was riding in the Mingchih (Clear Lake) Forest Recreation Area during wet weather, when he lost control and went over the edge of the road. Lin said

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Airline Faces Flak For Flying into Typhoon

Evergreen Airlines (EVA Air) is facing criticism after landing, and attempting to land airliners during a category three typhoon that swept across Taiwan on September 27. Passengers and crew reported passengers vomiting, crying, and fainting, during landing attempts. Passengers endured hours of circling before pilots made sometimes multiple landing approaches before aborting and diverting to other airports. One plane that made a successful landing was left stranded on the tarmac, while passengers waited more than 3.5 hours to be disembarked.

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Taiwan Battens Down the Hatches

Updates at bottom of article The majority of Taiwan’s counties and cities canceled school and work for today, Tuesday, September 27, as category 3 typhoon Megi enveloped the island, bringing pelting rain and wind gusts up to 55m/s. Residents of Yunlin County, Chiayi City, Chiayi County, Tainan City, and Kaohsiung City in the southern part of Taiwan criticized local authorities who made the decision to issue a half-day stop-work/stop-class order. Parents braved strong winds and rainy conditions to take their

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