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Intense sporadic rainfall to continue in southern Taiwan: CWB

2019/08/14 11:06:29

Taipei, Aug. 14 (CNA) Parts of central and southern Taiwan will continue to see heavy periods of rainfall on Wednesday as southwesterly winds mix with local atmospheric currents, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said.

A "heavy rain" advisory was in effect as of 10:15 a.m. Wednesday for Kaohsiung and Pingtung County in southwestern Taiwan, advising people in those areas to beware of thunder lighting, strong winds and flooding in low-lying areas.

The advisory for Tainan was lifted earlier in the morning after parts of the metropolitan area received over 70 millimeters of rain overnight.

Southeastern Taiwan will also see sporadic showers Wednesday, while mountainous areas and their foothills will also see occasional thundershowers, the weather bureau forecast.

Also, the weather bureau issued a yellow heat warning at 6:22 a.m. for Taipei, New Taipei and Taoyuan, reminding people to take precautions and stay hydrated.

A "yellow" heat warning signifies temperatures of over 36 degrees in a single day.

Central and southern Taiwan were hit by extremely heavy rain on Tuesday, causing extensive flooding that left one person dead in Kaohsiung and caused power outages in Kaohsiung and Pingtung.

Extremely heavy rain refers to 200 millimeters of rainfall over 24 hours and 100 mm of rainfall in a three-hour period, while heavy rain describes 24-hour accumulated rainfall over 80 mm or 1-hour rainfall over 40 mm.

(By Elizabeth Hsu)