43 people trapped by rising stream: weather bureau warns extremely torrential rain on the way

More than forty people in 17 vehicles are trapped in a streambed at a popular hot springs camping area in a mountain district of Yilan County this morning, and the Central Weather Bureau has issued an extremely heavy rain advisory for the area. Liberty Times Network reported that a large number of tourists camped on the Qingshui River next to the Qingshui Geothermal Recreation Area in Datong Township last night when “unexpectedly” heavy rain began to fall, causing the creek

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Land warning issued as Typhoon Hinnamnor strengthens, approaches northeastern Taiwan

Taiwan’s Central Weather Bureau issued a land warning for Typhoon Hinnamnor at 2:30 am this morning as the storm circle is expected to brush the northeast coast, bringing heavy rain and strong winds to Yilan County, Taipei, and Keelung starting this evening. The northwest Pacific’s 11th named tropical storm for 2022, and the strongest so far this year, Hinnamnor was located 420 kilometers east-northeast of Point Eluanbi at 8:00 am this morning moving north-northwest at 16 kilometers per hour. The

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Weather Bureau issues maritime warning, rain and wind advisories as Typhoon Hinnamnor hovers

Taiwan’s Central Weather Bureau issued a sea typhoon warning covering waters to the east, south and north of the island as moderate typhoon Himmanmor hovered around 470 kilometers east of Taiwan’s southernmost point this morning, Friday, September 2. The CWB issued the sea warning at 8:30 am for northeastern waters, eastern waters including Orchid Island and Green Island, and the Bashi Channel. The CWB pointed out that typhoon Himmanmor had weakened to a moderate typhoon with a central pressure of

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Dashcam captures driver fleeing seconds before landslide would have buried him alive

A dashcam video circulating on social media sites shows the moment a driver running back to his car and reversing to safety just seconds before the hillside collapses onto the spot where he had parked his car, today, May 16. Taiwan has seen many rockfalls and landslides after several days of heavy rain under the influence of a rainy season stationary front. At around 1:30 pm this afternoon, Monday, a man named Lin was driving on a backroad used by

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Rainy season front expected to bring heavy rain this weekend

Weather forecasters are predicting a rainy weekend with a typical rainy season front expected to approach northern Taiwan, Thursday, and slowly move southward until it reaches the South China Sea, Tuesday. According to the Central Weather Bureau, as the weak front currently bringing cloudy weather today moves away, Tuesday and Wednesday will see temperatures rise to maximums of 31°C in northern and central parts of Taiwan, and 31°C to 33°C in the south with brief isolated showers and afternoon thunderstorms

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Taiwan’s rainy season expected to start Sunday with stationary front, tropical disturbance

Meteorologists say that Taiwan is about to enter the summer rainy season with the first stationary (plum rain) front forecast to descend on northern Taiwan Sunday, May 1, combined with a tropical disturbance approaching from the south. Peng Chi-ming (彭啟明), General-Manager of WeatherRisk said that northern Taiwan will come under the influence of a stationary front Sunday, along with a northeast wind turning the weather rainy and cool, with the temperature dropping to 17°C to 20°C. Furthermore, a low pressure

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Snow falls in high altitude areas of Central Mountain Range

Pictures courtesy of Songsyue Lodge. Affected by a continental cold air mass, snow fell in high mountain areas of northern, central, and southern Taiwan this morning, including Mount Hehuan, Wuling Farm and Jiaming Lake. At Songsyue Lodge in Taroko National Park, more than five centimeters of snow was recorded. The first snow this winter was recorded at Mount Hehuan at around 8:00 am yesterday when it snowed for just two minutes. As the temperature dropped during the night, snow began

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Taiwan sends 2 air force transport planes of material relief to Philippines typhoon disaster zone

Taiwan’s air force dispatched two C-130 flights carrying emergency supplies to the southern Philippines after a destructive category 5 typhoon left 378 dead, and an estimated 2.4 million people in need of emergency assistance. The first flight arrived in Cebu yesterday evening, December 25, and a second flight arrived this morning. Typhoon Rai, known in the Philippines as Typhoon Odette, made landfall on December 16. According to the latest statistics from the Philippine government, the typhoon left 378 dead, 742

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Taiwan donates US$500,000 to Philippines for disaster relief in the wake of Typhoon Rai

Taiwan donated US$500,000 to the Philippines to assist with disaster relief after a category 5 typhoon swept through the country, leaving at least 375 dead, and 400,000 displaced or homeless. Foreign Minister Joseph Wu said that Taiwan and the Philippines were neighbors who “shared weal and woe” and that Taiwan will stand with the Philippines. Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated in a press release this evening, December 22, that Typhoon Rai had hit the Philippines with a devastating force,

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Perfect weekend weather turns to “dirty rain” in northern Taiwan

A clear, warm, sunny Saturday saw the weekend in northern Taiwan start with perfect weather, but Sunday turned to rain that meteorologists warned could be contaminated with pollutants. Taiwan’s private weather company WeatherRisk said that a strengthening of northeastern monsoonal winds caused an obvious drop in temperature and increase in moisture in northern and northeastern areas this morning. The rain will increase in the afternoon, and in addition, airstreams will bring pollution from northern areas of China. The northeastern monsoon

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