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 for the day, while the area around Longshan Temple lost power for about an hour from 11:00am.

In Chiayi County, Lucao Township saw an accumulated rainfall of 300 millimeters in 24 hours, bringing road closures and crop losses. The local farmer’s association said that around 90% of the rice crop has already been harvested, but crops of watermelons and maize were underwater.

The CWB heavy rain warning advises the public to beware of lightening, gusts, flooding in low-lying areas, and rockfalls and landslides in mountain districts. The unstable weather is expected to continue tomorrow.

CWB Deputy Director Zheng Mingdian said that although Typhoon Prapiroon was quite far away, the peripheral circulation is still affecting Taiwan. The typhoon’s tail interacting with Taiwan’s mountainous topography causes convection and heavy rain. Zheng said it is a classic sweeping of the typhoon’s tail phenomena.

flooding at Longshan Temple
Longshan Temple in Lugang District, Changhua County, June 2, 2018. Picture: UDN.
flooded Lugang Old Street
Lugang Old Street is flooded, bringing disruption to businesses in the historical district that is a popular tourist destination. Picture: UDN
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