Marine warning issued after Tropical Storm Bavi forms close to Taiwan’s east coast
Taiwan’s Central Weather Burea (CWB) issued a marine warning for Tropical Storm Bavi at 10:30 am this morning, and a heavy rain advisory for areas in the north, center, and south of Taiwan.
According to the CWB, Tropical Storm Bavi was situated around 140 kilometers southeast of Hualien at 8:00 am this morning, August 22, moving north-northeast at around 14 kilometers per hour.
Bavi is currently measured as having maximum sustained wind speed near the center of 18 meters per second (65 kph), with maximum wind gusts of 25 meters per second (90 kph).
The CWB heavy rain advisory lists the following areas as at risk of heavy rain from late this morning, Saturday, August 22 through tonight: Keelung North Coast, Taipei City Mountain Area, New Taipei City Mountain Area, Nantou County, Yunlin County Mountain Area, Chiayi County Mountain Area, Tainan City, Kaohsiung City, Pingtung County, Hengchun Peninsula, Yilan County, and Hualien County.
Ferry services between Orchid Island, Fugang Harbor in Taitung, and Houbihu in Pingtung County have been cancelled from noon today. Ferry services to Green Island have not been affected.
Yilan County Fire Department initiated a level 2 disaster response alert, expecting heavy rain, and has requested police, civil affairs, water resources, and transport bureau personnel to be assigned to the disaster response center as a precaution.
Tropical Storm Bavi is expected to continue moving north-northeast on a trajectory for landfall in Korea. Bavi is the 8th named tropical storm of the 2020 typhoon season.
Get the latest information on Tropical Storm Bavi on the Central Weather Bureau website.
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