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Weather bureau lifts land warning for Saola

2012/08/03 11:46:50

Taipei, Aug. 3 (CNA) The Central Weather Bureau lifted its land warning for Taiwan’s main island Friday morning as Tropical Storm Saola moved away from the island and entered Fujian Province in China.

As of 10:00 a.m., the storm was centered 130 kilometers northwest of the outlying county of Matsu, moving at a speed of 21 km per hour in a northwesterly direction.

Its maximum sustained winds were 72 kph, with gusts of up 101 kph, the bureau said.

Most areas in Taiwan could expect much milder weather from Friday, but chances of downpours remain in northern and central Taiwan, according to the forecast.

If Saola maintains its current path, the sea warning for Taiwan could be lifted by Friday afternoon, the bureau said.

Saola has dumped massive volumes on rainfall on Taiwan over the past three days, with northeastern and northern areas taking the brunt of it.

Taiping Mountain in Yilan County recorded 1,216 mm of accumulated rainfall between 10 a.m. Tuesday and 10 a.m. Friday, while Taian Township in Miaoli County received 1,030.5 mm.

As of 8 p.m. Thursday, five people in Taiwan were confirmed dead, 16 injured and two remained missing, as a result of the storm, according to the Central Emergency Operation Center.

(By Lee Hsin-Yin)