Taiwan issues sea warning for Typhoon Matmo

07/21/2014 05:47 PM
(From the Central Weather Bureau website)
(From the Central Weather Bureau website)

Taipei, July 21 (CNA) Taiwan issued a sea warning for Typhoon Matmo Monday, after the Cabinet held a meeting earlier in the day to urge related agencies to take precautions ahead of the arrival of the storm, which is expected to make landfall in Taiwan early Wednesday.

With Matmo moving northward, the Central Weather Bureau issued a sea warning for the storm, with a land warning expected to be issued early Tuesday.

As the storm was getting closer, Vice Premier Mao Chi-kuo convened a meeting attended by officials from the interior, transportation, economics and defense ministries and the Council of Agriculture, a Cabinet statement said.

The agencies were urged to take precautionary measures for possible flooding and prepare for potential evacuations of residents in disaster-prone areas, said the statement, which also urged the public to be prepared.

As of 2 p.m. Monday, the storm was moving in a northwesterly direction at a speed of 23 kilometers per hour and was expected to make landfall between the eastern counties of Yilan and Hualien, the bureau said.

The storm is expected to bring heavy rain to central and northern Taiwan, the bureau predicted.

(By Elaine Hou and Angela Tsai)ENDITEM/ls

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