Rain, Rain, Go Away: The Fourth Day Pictorial

Heavy rains continued to inundate Taiwan for the fourth day running, causing havoc all over the island. This is a sample of images from various Taiwan media sources, Sunday, October 15, 2017.

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Heavy Rains Inundate Taiwan

Heavy rain caused by the northeastern monsoon coupled with the influence of tropical storm Khanun has caused landslides, power outages, floods, and disruption to road, sea, and air transport across the nation Saturday, October 14. The Ministry of Economic Affairs opened the Central Disaster Response Center at 11:00pm last night to coordinate responses to potential disasters brought about by the heavy rain. Landslip in Xizhi District In Xizhi District, New Taipei City, residents were rudely awoken at around 5:00am to

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Typhoon Track Revised North: Expected to Intensify

The Central Weather Bureau revised the predicted path of Typhoon Talim today, expecting the storm to make landfall in Taiwan somewhere in the north of Hualian County or Ilan County. The revised path predicts that most of the island will be affected with the highest intensity in the northern and central districts. A CWB spokesperson also said that the typhoon is expected to intensify as it approaches Taiwan due to warm sea surface temperatures and low wind-shear. The spokesperson did

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Typhoon Talim May Affect Taiwan Mid-Week

The 18th typhoon of the 2017 season may affect Taiwan from Wednesday, according to the Central Weather Bureau. Tropical Typhoon Talim formed near Guam September 7. The storm is currently located 2,310km east-southeast of Point Eluanbi and moving west-northwest at 25kph. The CWB said that it may issue a sea alert as early as Tuesday September 12. According to CWB, warm sea surface temperatures and low wind-shear are conducive for intensification to moderate typhoon status. Storm herald, Frankie MacDonald issued

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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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