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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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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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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