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Heavy rains forecast to continue across Taiwan this week

2019/06/11 15:42:44

Taipei, June 11 (CNA) Flat areas of Taiwan can expect accumulated rainfall of at least 200mm over the next three days, while over 400mm is likely in the mountainous areas, due to a huge plum rain front and southwesterly winds that arrived Tuesday, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said.

The CWB has issued an extremely heavy rain advisory for Miaoli County, Taichung City, Changhua County, Nantou County, Yunlin County, Chiayi County, Tainan City, Kaohsiung City, and Pingtung County, warning of rainfall in excess of 200mm in 24 hours or at least 100mm in three hours over the three-day period Tuesday to Thursday.

The bureau also warned that New Taipei, Keelung, Taipei, Taoyuan, Hsinchu, and Chiayi cities and Kinmen and Penghu counties are likely to see heavy rainfall of more than 80mm per day or 40mm in a three hour period over the next three days.

Meanwhile, a level 1 flood warning was issued at 10:40 a.m. Tuesday for Kaohsiung City and a level 2 flood warning for Changhua County and Tainan City, according to the Water Resources Agency (WRA), an unit under the Ministry of Economic Affairs.

A level 1 flood warning indicates that an area is in immediate danger of flooding, while a level 2 warning means that the affected area may see signs of flooding within three hours.

Flat areas like New Taipei, Keelung, Taoyuan, and Hsinchu cities can expect 200mm of rainfall over the next three days, while mountainous areas of Kaohsiung City and Changhua County are likely to see 500mm, the bureau said.

In the mountainous areas of Nantou County and Taichung City, rainfall of 800mm and 700mm, respectively, can be expected, the bureau said.

According to CWB forecaster Hsu Chung-yi (徐仲毅), the plum rain front will slowly move south during the week, causing unstable weather until Friday.

(By Yu Haiso-han, Liao Yu-yang and Chung Yu-chen)
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