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Northern, eastern Taiwan warned of heavy rain

2018/10/31 10:48:25

Taipei, Oct. 31 (CNA) A heavy rain alert has been issued for northern and eastern Taiwan due to the combined effects of northeasterly winds and the periphery of Typhoon Yutu, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said Wednesday.

A heavy rain warning is now in effect for New Taipei's mountainous areas, Keelung and northern coastal areas, and Yilan County, the CWB said.

According to the CWB, a heavy rain warning means accumulated rainfall of more than 80mm in 24 hours or more than 40mm in one hour.

The CWB said that although Typhoon Yutu is not expected to directly hit Taiwan, its periphery will affect the island and could combine with strengthening northeasterly winds to bring downpours to northern and eastern Taiwan on Wednesday.

The chance of rain in northern and eastern Taiwan could hit 70-100 percent, the CWB said.

Elsewhere, thick cloud cover is expected for central and southern Taiwan and could result in sporadic showers, the CWB said.

As of 2 a.m. Wednesday, Typhoon Yutu was 610 kilometers south-southeast of Taiwan's southernmost tip, moving at a speed of 14 kilometers per hour in a northwesterly direction.

It is carrying maximum sustained winds of 119 kph, with gusts reaching up to 155 kph, CWB data showed.

Due to the expected downpours, the weather in northern Taiwan is expected to stay cool, with daytime temperatures forecast to hit 22-27 degrees Celsius in northern Taiwan and around 28 degrees in central and southern parts of the country, the CWB said.

The mercury is expected to fall to 19-22 degrees around Taiwan at night and early Thursday morning, the CWB said.

Strong winds are also expected for most of Taiwan, including all parts of Taiwan north of Tainan, Green Island, Orchid Island, the Hengchun Peninsula, and the outlying Kinmen, Penghu and Lienchiang counties, the CWB said.

Typhoon Yutu could lead to big waves along the coastal areas in northern and eastern Taiwan, the Hengchun Peninsula and coastal areas in southwestern Taiwan, the CWB warned.

(By Wang Shu-fen and Frances Huang)
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