Marine warning issued after Tropical Storm Bavi forms close to Taiwan’s east coast

Taiwan’s Central Weather Burea (CWB) issued a marine warning for Tropical Storm Bavi at 10:30 am this morning, and a heavy rain advisory for areas in the north, center, and south of Taiwan. According to the CWB, Tropical Storm Bavi was situated around 140 kilometers southeast of Hualien at 8:00 am this morning, August 22, moving north-northeast at around 14 kilometers per hour. Bavi is currently measured as having maximum sustained wind speed near the center of 18 meters per

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Marines deployed to vulnerable districts as tropical storm approaches Taiwan Strait

Marines equipped with amphibious vehicles have been deployed to flood prone areas in Tainan City, Kaohsiung City, and Pingtung County after the Central Weather Bureau issued land and sea warnings for tropical storm Mekkhala as it approaches the Taiwan Strait today, August 10. The CWB issued heavy rain advisories for all cities and counties for today and tonight, and rain is expected to continue through tomorrow as Mekkhala passes through the Taiwan Strait. Mekkhala is expected to make landfall in

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Tropical depression to bring rain to southern Taiwan, and could intensify into tropical storm today

Taiwan’s Central Weather Bureau (CWB) warns that southern Taiwan will likely see heavy rain as tropical depression TD07 approaches, and say it may intensify into a tropical storm today, August 10. The CWB issued a report yesterday, August 9, saying that tropical depression TD07 formed in the South China Sea 630 kilometers south-southwest of the Hengchun Peninsular and is moving north at around 24 kilometers per hour. Maritime operators are urged to pay attention to the latest weather information, the

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Weather Bureau warns of hazard conditions for most of Taiwan as heavy rains continue

Heavy rain continued to fall all over Taiwan today, causing localized flooding, landslides, rockfalls, tree falls and other hazards, and the Central Weather Bureau says that rainy conditions may persist until Wednesday. Heavy rain and extremely heavy rain warnings were issued by the CWB covering all cities and counties excluding the outlying islands of Kinmen and Matsu. While most of northern Taiwan lays under a heavy rain advisory, most of the center and south is covered by an extremely heavy

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Taiwan prepares for possible deluge as plum rains expected to fall for at least a week

The Ministry of Defense dispatched amphibious vehicles and inflatable boats to flood prone areas around the country today as meteorologists warned of possible disaster level rains this week. A heavy rain advisory warning was issued by the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) at 9:00 pm Monday forecasting heavy rain starting from Monday night to Tuesday in Keelung City, New Taipei City, Kaohsiung City, and Pingtung County. The confluence of a stationary front and southwest monsoonal winds forms a typical East Asian

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Stranded ship left to mercy of typhoon after towing operation aborted

As Typhoon Mitag bears down on Taiwan’s northeast coast, harbor authorities decided to abort an operation to tow a 1,000 tonne freighter off the rocky shore at Daxi Harbor, Yilan County, yesterday, after an inspection team found that the hull had already been breached and had taken on water. The crewless, nameless, freighter ran aground Saturday, September 28, after drifting into Taiwan waters from the Yangtze River via the sea of Japan. Maritime authorities believe that the ship had been

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Stop work orders issued as northern Taiwan prepares for Typhoon Lekima

Northern counties and municipalities in Taiwan have ordered work and classes suspended for Friday, August 9, as a category 4 typhoon approaches on a trajectory that is predicted to engulf the area within its 280 kilometer storm radius. At 9:00pm Thursday, Lekima was located 24.4° north, 124.9° east, 350 kilometers east of Taipei, moving northwest at 18 kilometers per hour. The eye of typhoon Lekima is expected to pass to the north of the island late Thursday night and Friday,

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Tropical storm Lekima may affect Taiwan weather later this week

Taiwan’s Central Weather Bureau upgraded tropical storm Lekima to typhoon status this afternoon, August 4, and said that northern and eastern Taiwan may feel effects as the storm passes to the east on Thursday and Friday, August 8 and 9. The CWB observed that at 2:00pm, August 4, Lekima was located at 17.4 ° north latitude and 131.9° east longitude traveling at a speed of 5 kilometers per hour north west. The central air pressure measured 998 hectopascals with maximum

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Rural Pingtung County townships hit by tornado

A tornado formed over land in Pingtung County this afternoon, causing damage in at least two rural townships Fortunately no serious injuries were reported. At around 3:00pm the tornado suddenly formed and swept through Linbian Township and Nanzhou Township, knocking over trees, scooters, trucks, and store signs, as residents ran for cover. Roofing iron was torn off buildings, and in one case, a sheet-metal residence was picked up and tossed onto the road. Flying debris damaged power lines in the

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Heavy Rain and Wind Warnings Issued as Typhoon Kong-Rey Passes by

The Central Weather Bureau (CWB) this afternoon issued a heavy rain warning for northern districts of Taiwan, including Taipei City, Keelung City, Taoyuan City, and mountain districts from Hsinchu County north, as Typhoon Kong-Rey passes close by on a trajectory predicted to take the storm through Japan’s Okinawa Prefecture, before heading to South Korea. In the alert issued at 1:52pm, the CWB also issued a strong wind advisory for 18 counties and cities, including the offshore islands. The advisory warned

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Tropical Depression affecting Taiwan may intensify into Mild Typhoon in next 48 hours

A tropical depression currently situated south-east of Taiwan may intensify into a mild typhoon today or tomorrow according to the Central Weather Bureau, or a tropical storm, according to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JWTC). Tropical Depression 27W, is currently situated around 210 kilometers south of Taipei and is generating rain and strong winds along the east coast of Taiwan. Shipping and ferry services to outer islands have been cancelled since early this morning. According to the Central News Agency,

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