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Strong rain warnings issued in Taiwan

2017/10/15 11:57:19

Taipei, Oct. 15 (CNA) Affected by an outer cloudy system of the Tropical Storm Khanun, the weather across Taiwan on Sunday will remain unstable with high chances of rain, according to the Central Weather Bureau.

Rain is forecast for most of the day in eastern and southern parts of the country, while precipitation will be weakened and reduced in regions north of central Taiwan starting in the afternoon. The wet weather is expected to cease in the flatlands from Sunday evening, the bureau said.

Taitung and Pingtung counties must be prepared for extremely torrential rain, while Yilan and Hualien counties should be alert to torrential rain, according to the bureau. New Taipei and Kaohsiung cities should brace for extremely heavy rain, and Taipei, Keelung and Nantou will see heavy rain, the bureau said.

According to the bureau, heavy rain refers to accumulated rainfall over 80 millimeters in 24 hours or 1 hour rainfall over 40 millimeters. Extremely heavy rain refers to accumulated rainfall that exceeds 200 millimeters in a day. Torrential rain means rainfall exceeding 350 millimeters in 24 hours, while extremely torrential rain refers to 24 hour accumulated rainfall that exceeds 500 millimeters or more.

The bureau warns of possible mudslides in mountainous areas and urged the public to avoid activities there.

On Sunday, daytime highs in the western part of Taiwan will be 29-31 degrees Celsius and 28-30 degrees in eastern Taiwan, the bureau said. Day's lowers could hover between 25 and 26 degrees.

The weather will turn stable on Monday and Tuesday, it forecast, but it will become rainy again with lower temperatures on Wednesday and Thursday.

As of 9:30 a.m., a red alert had been issued for 229 mudslide-prone streams and rivers scattered in Yilan, Taitung, Hualien counties and New Taipei City, according to the Council of Agriculture. Local authorities in some of these areas should evacuate residents to move them to safety, it advised.

(By Flor Wang)