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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Crane Collapse Blamed on Approaching Typhoon

A 700 ton mobile crane collapsed onto buildings at a port in Hualien this morning. Operators blame high winds generated by an approaching typhoon. Fortunately, there were no casualties in the incident. The crane operator managed to jump out of the cabin, and there were no tourists on the whale-watching wharf, as cruises were canceled due to the approach of Typhoon Megi.

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Typhoon Megi to Make Landfall Tuesday

The fourth tropical storm to affect Taiwan this year is due to make landfall tomorrow somewhere between Taidong and Hualien, and is expected to bring heavy rainfall over the whole island. Typhoon Megi is the 17th named tropical storm to form in the northwest Pacific this year. Current minimum surface pressure is 955 HPA with sustained winds of 40m/s and maximum wind gusts of 50m/s. The storm is moving north-northwest at 22 kph. Megi was yesterday classed as a category

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Typhoon Meranti Hammers Taiwan

Typhoon Meranti passed over Taiwan Wednesday September 14, bringing intense rain over most of the island, and hammering the southern counties with intense wind-gusts that brought down power-lines, flipped cars and trucks over, and damaged buildings. Strongest Typhoon to Hit Taiwan in 21 years The typhoon is the strongest to hit the island in 21 years. The eye passed about 90km south of Hengchun Peninsular in Pingtung County. The weather station on Hengchun Peninsular recorded sustained winds of 191 kilometers

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Typhoon Meranti Threatens Holiday Long Weekend

The 14th typhoon to form in the north-west Pacific in 2016 is on track to hit Taiwan on the first day of the Mid-autumn Festival long weekend, according to Taiwan’s Central Weather Bureau. Forecast charts published Saturday, September 10, predict the tropical storm will pass over Taiwan in the morning hours of Thursday, September 15, which happens to be the first day of a four-day holiday. Typhoon Meranti is currently around 2000km from Taiwan, and moving at a speed of

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Three Typhoons At Once: Watch Out Japan

Three typhoons have formed in the northwestern Pacific Ocean and are all located near Japan. Two of the tropical storms have north to north-western trajectories and are expected to make landfall on Honshu, the largest of the Japanese islands. A third cyclone is tracking south-west on a path parallel to the coast.

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Typhoon Passes South of Taiwan: Waterspout Appears in Taitung County

The whole of Taiwan is under the influence of Typhoon Nida this morning, with heavy rain warnings in place for Hualian, Taitung, Pingtung, and Kaohsiung Counties. The highest rainfall recorded today is in Pingtung’s Dawu Mountain where 275mm has fallen in the last 24 hours, including 48.5mm between 7:00am and 8:00am. Authorities have urged people to stay away from the beaches and shoreline as large waves are expected to pound the coast. Ferry services to the island of Xiao Liuqiu

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Typhoon Nepartak Wreaks Havoc in Taitung

Taitung (Taidong) County, Taiwan, was the touchdown point for Typhoon Nepartak in the early hours of this morning, July 8, 2016. Taiwan awoke to scenes of destruction as the strongest typhoon to hit the island since 1955 made landfall slightly to the south of Taitung City. Cars and trucks were flipped over, and streets were blocked by collapsed awnings, signs and debris. Roofs were torn off buildings and windows imploded, leaving homes, convenience stores, and other businesses exposed to the

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Taiwan Braces for Super-Typhoon

Taiwan is now bracing for a direct hit by a category 5 cyclone after the first named tropical storm of the season intensified to category 4 as it moved over warm waters. Windspeeds of 195kph with gusts of up to 240kph are being reported. Forecasters are predicting further intensification to category 5 over the next 24 hours. Headed for #Taiwan. Going hunting for a super #typhoon. Taiwan ain't easy chase turf, but here goes. #NEPARTAK pic.twitter.com/k4uBNB4Ebd — Josh Morgerman (@iCyclone)

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Typhoon Intensifies: Taiwan Prepares

Tropical storm Nepartak intensified into a moderate level typhoon over the last 24 hours and tracked closer to Taiwan. The Harbors Bureau announced a stoppage of ferry services on the east coast starting Wednesday July 6, when services will be limited to ferrying tourists on Green Island and Orchid Island back to Taiwan followed, by a full stoppage Thursday and Friday July 7 & 8. The first sea warnings are expected tomorrow. On Taiwan’s west coast, oyster farmers still recuperating

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First Typhoon Forms in the Western Pacific: Record Broken

A tropical depression near Guam is expected to intensify to typhoon strength. Nepartak is the first named tropical storm of 2016 after a record spell of 201 days since the last typhoon left the region December 15, 2015. The previous record for typhoon-free days stood at 198, and was reached in 1973 and again in 1998. 0000UTC 03 July 2016 Center Location 8.9N 145.2E Movement ENE 15km/hr Minimum Pressure 998 hpa Maximum Wind Speed 18 m/s Gust 25 m/s Radius of 15m/s

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