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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Heavy Rain Advisory, Flood Warning, and Rockfall Alerts issued for Northern Taiwan

[Picture: mud and rocks cover a road between Yangmingshan and Jinshan in New Taipei City. Picture: Jinshan Police Station.] The Central Weather Bureau this morning issued an extremely heavy rain advisory for northern districts, the Water Resources Department issued a level 1 flood warning for Keelung City, and flood-prone districts of Taipei City, and the Council of Agriculture issued mudslide and rockfall alerts for 6 townships and 30 villages. The CWB warning issued at 8:20am predicted extremely heavy torrential rain

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Woman Survives Typhoon Night After Slipping Down Seaside Slope

A woman in Hualien County spent the night precariously perched above the ocean after slipping 50 meters down a slope while Typhoon Maria swept over the island from yesterday to the early hours of this morning. Ms Lee, 56, a taxi driver from New Taipei City, was heading home from Hualien on the Suhua Highway sometime after 5:00pm when she stopped to take pictures from the roadside. While taking pictures, Ms Lee accidentally dropped her handbag, climbed over the guardrail

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Taiwan Battens Down the Hatches as Typhoon Maria Approaches

Government units are making preparations ahead of Typhoon Maria, which is approaching the northern tip of Taiwan, and expected to bring strong wind gusts and heavy rain from Tomorrow evening, Tuesday, July 10, through Wednesday, July 11, according to Taiwan’s Central Weather Bureau(CWB). At 8:00am this morning, Typhoon Maria, which is categorized as a category 5 “super typhoon” by the US Joint Typhoon Warning Center, was located 1,290 kilometers east of Taipei. The tropical storm is packing maximum sustained winds

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Heavy Rains and Floods as Taiwan Swept by Typhoon’s Tail

Heavy rains caused by convection associated with Typhoon Prapiroon, which is currently located over Okinawa, has caused flooding in Taiwan’s south-western districts. The Central Weather Bureau has issued heavy rain alerts for 9 counties and cities from Miaoli in the north, to Pingtung County. In Changhua County, torrential rain this morning caused heavy flooding to the historic Lugang District, with the shopping district around the Tianhou Temple, Lugang Old Street, and Longshan Temple flooded. Many businesses were forced to close

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