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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Disaster-level rain inundates southern Taiwan: rain to continue all week

Today, Sunday, August 1 saw rainfall above torrential rain level in southern districts, while northern districts and central mountain areas experienced localized thunderstorms in the afternoon as Taiwan continues to be influenced by a southwesterly monsoonal airflow expected to influence the weather for another week. Accumulated rainfall over the last two days in Pingtung County and Kaohsiung City measured over 500 millimeters, while Tainan City recorded more than 400 millimeters. Some districts in Tainan and Pingtung have seen super-torrential rain

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Extremely heavy rain warning issued for New Taipei City: Kaohsiung prepares for disaster level rain

Taiwan’s Central Weather Bureau issued an extremely heavy rain warning for New Taipei City, parts of Hualien County, and Pingtung County this afternoon, and the Kaohsiung City Government opened the Disaster Response Center in preparation for catastrophic level rain forecast for this weekend. Some areas of New Taipei City and Taoyuan City experienced sporadic, localized flooding during torrential downpours this afternoon as a band of thunderstorms swept over the area at around 2:00 pm. Taoyuan City’s Guishan District saw rain

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Taiwan avoids direct hit but Typhoon In-Fa brings heavy rain, landslides, rockfalls to mountain districts

The Water and Soil Conservation Bureau issued 72 red-alert warnings for landslides and rockfalls in northern districts of Taiwan as heavy rain generated by Typhoon In-Fa continues to inundate the area, Saturday, July 24. Heavy rain began to pound northern Taiwan from Wednesday evening as the tropical storm approached the area, only to stop and hover over the Yaeyama Islands for two days before finally moving away in a north-northwest direction. While the Central Weather Bureau lifted the sea warning

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