Cold weather comes early to East Asia as energy crisis looms in China

In Taiwan, October 17, northeasterly monsoonal winds brought an early cooling respite from the hellish heat of a long, hot summer, but parts of China saw sub-zero temperatures arrive the earliest in more than half a century, and snow fell in Japan a half-month earlier than last year. In Hokkaido, Japan, the cities of Wakkanai and Asahikawa saw the first snow, Sunday, 17 days earlier than last year, the Sapporo District Meteorological Observatory announced. All-Nippon News Network reported that under

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Disaster-level wind and rain takes Taiwan by surprise as tropical storm passes by without making landfall

Taiwan appears to have underestimated the influence of Severe Tropical Storm Kompasu as it passed by around 400 kilometers south-southeast of the island October 11, 2021. The outer bands of the storm combined with a monsoonal low pressure system created a “non-traditional tropical storm” according to Central Weather Bureau meteorologists. Combined with Taiwan’s mountainous topography, winds stronger than those near the center of the storm were generated, while heavy to extremely heavy torrential rain fell in the north, eastern, and

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Rockfall crushes parked cars in Taipei City

Three cars parked beneath a steep slope in Neihu District, Taipei City, were badly damaged by fallen boulders after a rockfall caused by heavy rain generated by Severe Tropical Storm Kompasu this morning, October 11. The Taipei City Government was notified of the rockfall at at Lane 456 Chenggong Road, at around 7:30 am . A total of four cars were damaged, but fortunately there were no injuries reported. Police blocked the road section while engineers examined the slope and

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Heavy rain and wind advisories issued under influence of Severe Tropical Storm Kompasu

The Central Weather Bureau (CWB) issued heavy rain and extremely heavy rain advisories for northern and eastern districts, and some areas of the Central Mountain Range as Taiwan is affected by the influence of Severe Tropical Storm Kompasu in combination with a northeastern monsoonal airflow. Today, October 11 has seen heavy rainfall reported in mountainous areas of Yilan County, Hualien County, Taoyuan City, Taichung City, and Nantou County, and coastal and plains areas of Keelung City, Greater Taipei, Hsinchu County,

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16 people trapped at Mystery Beach Sea Cave overnight airlifted to safety at dawn

A group of 16 people spent the night on a rock ledge above a beach in Yilan County after being trapped by rising waves generated by Severe Tropical Storm Kompasu, yesterday, October 10. The group of six men, five women, and 5 children, drove to the Mystery Beach Sea Cave in four vehicles at around 11:00 am Sunday, October 10, the second day of a three-day National Day long weekend. When the group attempted to leave on the return journey

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Typhoon alert lifted: Chanthu leaves Taiwan relatively unscathed

Only minor damage and casualties were reported after Typhoon Chanthu skirted Taiwan’s east coast before heading toward China today, Sunday, September 12. The Central Weather Bureau lifted the land-based alert for Typhoon Chanthu at 8:30 pm and is expected to lift the sea warning at midnight if the storm maintains its current trajectory and speed. At the time the alert was lifted Typhoon Chanthu was located 190 kilometers east-northeast of Taipei moving north-northwest at a speed of 8 kilometers per

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Marine warning for Typhoon Chanthu issued: land warning expected tomorrow

Taiwan’s Central Weather Bureau has issued a marine warning for the Bashi Channel and surrounding waters as super Typhoon Chanthu approaches from the southeast this morning, Friday, September 10. Chanthu quickly morphed from a tropical depression earlier this week into a category 5 tropical storm over a period of just two days, making the 14th named tropical storm of the 2021 typhoon season the strongest to form in the northwest Pacific so far this year. Chanthu is expected to affect

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Two trapped by rising river airlifted to safety in Taichung City

Two people were rescued by helicopter after becoming trapped on a sandbar when the water level of Dajia River in Taichung City suddenly rose due to heavy rain upstream. Taichung City Fire Department received reports that two people fishing in the Dajia River in Shigang District were trapped by rising water shortly after 3:00 pm. The Fire Department dispatched five fire trucks, one ambulance, an inflatable boat, and 10 personnel to conduct rescue operations. At around 4:00 pm the National

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Indigenous representative visiting stranded villagers swept away by flooded stream

A female indigenous representative is missing after being swept away by a sudden surge of mud, water, and rocks, while crossing a stream in a mountain district of Kaohsiung City yesterday, August 11. Xie Yizhen (謝宜真) had been visiting residents of three villages left isolated after catastrophic levels of rain destroyed roads and bridges in Taoyuan District last week. See previous story: Emergency supplies flown into communities left isolated after disaster-level rain At around 5:40 pm, 54-year-old Xie was crossing

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Emergency supplies flown into communities left isolated after disaster-level rain

Taiwan’s National Airborne Service Corps dispatched a Black Hawk helicopter to fly emergency supplies to mountain communities left isolated after days of torrential rain washed away bridges, and left roads blocked by landslides, Sunday August 8. The NASC helicopter carried 300 kilograms of supplies, and four Taipower personnel into Kaohsiung City’s Taoyuan District, which was inundated by an amount of rain not seen since the disastrous Typhoon Morakot hit the area in 2009. A surge of water and debris washed

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Big wave hits joggers on Tainan City coast leaving one dead, one injured

One man died, and one was injured, after a large wave knocked over three people jogging along a sea wall near the entrance of Anping Harbor this morning. According to reports, three men named Lee, Lin, and Chiu met at the Anping Port North Dike for an early morning run. At around 7:00 am, a large wave suddenly surged over the seawall, knocking the men off their feet. Lin, 53, suffered head injuries, and Lee had injuries to his legs.

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