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Islandwide torrential rain forecast

2012/05/17 12:20:55

Taipei, May 17 (CNA) Taiwan's weather remained unstable Thursday due to a stationary front, which the Central Weather Bureau warned gave a high likelihood of heavy downpours across the country throughout the day.

The bureau issued torrential rain warnings for northeastern and western Taiwan, as well as parts of the south, adding that other areas are also likely to see showers or thunderstorms.

The stationary front brought heavy rain to southern Taiwan's Hengchun peninsula in Pingtung County from the early hours, resulting in flooding to a depth of 20 cm in Hengchun Township within three hours, which blocked the northbound lane of Provincial Highway 26.

The bureau projected that the front will continue to affect the island's weather through May 22. It said people should be alert to the danger of landslides, falling rocks and swollen rivers, as well as possible flooding in low-lying areas.

(By Chen Shun-hsieh, Kuo Chu-chen and Nell Shen)