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Rain persists in northern Taiwan, storm forming in Philippines

2016/10/12 11:29:28

Taipei, Oct. 12 (CNA) Rain will continue to drench northern Taiwan until Thursday morning while a tropical low air pressure system could develop into the 21st typhoon in the Pacific this year, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) forecast on Wednesday.

The bureau released torrential or extremely torrential rain advisories for parts of northern Taiwan, noting that northeasterly winds had picked up since Tuesday evening and introduced more moisture to to the atmosphere over the island.

Keelung, New Taipei and Yilan were warned of extremely torrential rain (defined as rainfall of 500 millimeters or more in a 24-hour period), and Yilan County was given a torrential rain advisory, according to a CWB report released at 3:45 a.m. Wednesday.

People living in Yilan, along the northern Taiwan coast in Keelung and in mountainous areas of Greater Taipei should also beware of lightning, strong gusts and possible landslides and flooding caused by heavy rain, the CWB warned.

As for central and southern Taiwan, the CWB predicted partially cloudy skies during the day and occasional showers in mountainous areas on Wednesday afternoon.

Temperatures will hit a high of 26 to 27 degrees Celsius in the north and in Yilan, 28 to 29 degrees in Hualien and Taitung counties, and 30 to 31 degrees in central and southern Taiwan on Wednesday, with lows of 23 to 24 degrees around Taiwan.

The weather pattern dominated by northeasterly winds will last at least until next Tuesday, the weather bureau forecast.

But before that, a tropical low air pressure system east of the Philippines is expected to develop into the 21st typhoon in the Pacific, named Sarika, and will begin to affect Taiwan as early as Oct. 16, the CWB said.

(By Chen Wei-ting and Elizabeth Hsu)