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Approaching storm cell forecast to affect Taiwan: CWB

2016/04/13 16:35:13


Taipei, April 13 (CNA) Under the influence of a stationary front and an approaching storm cell, all parts of Taiwan will experience heavy or extremely heavy rain accompanied by thunder for the latter part of this week, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) forecast Wednesday.

As the current stationary front lingers over Taiwan, the CWB on Wednesday issued a heavy rain warning for 15 cities and counties around Taiwan and the outlying island of Kinmen.

Meanwhile, CWB Forecast Center Director Cheng Ming-dean (鄭明典) warned on his Facebook page that the public should not underestimate the risk of lightning strikes as the storm cell approaches southern Taiwan.

A storm cell is an air mass that contains up and down drafts in convective loops and that moves and reacts as a single entity, functioning as the smallest unit of a storm-producing system.

Lightning strikes are seldom reported, while damage and injuries caused by lightning strikes are usually handled in a low-key manner, leading many to underestimate the risk of thunderstorms and lightning strikes, according to Cheng.

He advised people to take precautions to minimize the risk of being struck by lightning, including avoiding going outdoors when a thunderstorm occurs and applying a lightning protection system to divert high current surges away from buildings.

(By Chen Wei-ting and Evelyn Kao)