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Torrential rain lashes northern Taiwan

2012/09/15 17:37:57

Taipei, Sept. 15 (CNA) Northern Taiwan has seen heavy rainfall Saturday due to the combined effects of seasonal winds and a nearby typhoon, the Central Weather Bureau said.

Moisture carried by seasonal winds from the northeast, together with the outer rim of Typhoon Sanba, has caused significant downpours in Taipei City, New Taipei City, Taoyuan County and Yilan County.

Xindian District in New Taipei was the hardest-hit area, recording accumulated precipitation of 296 millimeters between midnight and 3 p.m. Saturday, bureau data showed.

Rainfall in the areas is likely to continue until Sunday, causing daily minimum temperatures to drop to around 23 degrees Celsius, forecasters said.

Meanwhile, strong winds reaching 100 kilometers per hour could be felt in coastal areas across the island due to influence from nearby Sanba.

However, the typhoon is not expected to pose further threats to the island as it is heading toward the Ryukyu Islands, the bureau said.

As of 2 p.m., Sanba was centered 720 km east of Hualien County in eastern Taiwan, moving at a speed of 23 kph in a north-northwesterly direction.

It was packing sustained winds of 191 kph, with gusts reaching 234 kph, the bureau said.

(By Lee Hsin-Yin)