Sea warning for typhoon likely to be lifted before midnight
Taipei, Aug. 3 (CNA) The sea warning for Typhoon Hagupit, which strengthened into a typhoon after causing flooding across northern Taiwan on Monday, is expected to be lifted before midnight as it moves away from Taiwan, according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).
As of 8 p.m., the center of Hagupit was located 200 kilometers north of Keelung, moving in a north-northwesterly direction at a speed of 23 km per hour toward China, carrying maximum sustained winds of 119 kilometers per hour, with gusts of up to 155 kph, the bureau said.
If the typhoon remains on its current path, the bureau said it plans to lift its sea warning for waters off the coast of northern and northeastern Taiwan, which has been in place since Sunday morning, during its update at 11:30 p.m.
The CWB cautioned, however, that it still has in place a heavy rain advisory for Tainan, Kaohsiung and Pingtung in southern Taiwan through Tuesday morning, which warns of accumulated rainfall exceeding 80 millimeters in 24 hours or 40 millimeters in one hour.
The bureau has also forecast sporadic showers or heavy rains in southern, eastern, and southeastern Taiwan, as well as on the islands of Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Tuesday because of a low pressure system southwest of Taiwan.
Weather bureau figures showed that Dayuan District in Taoyuan recorded 258 millimeters of rainfall from midnight Sunday to 9 p.m. Monday, the most of any location in Taiwan during that period.
An area in Dayuan saw flooding of one meter Monday afternoon, according to the local police precinct.
Two other monitoring stations in Taipei's Beitou District recorded precipitation of over 200 millimeters.
According to the Central Emergency Operation Center, the storm caused flooding at 89 locations, mainly in Taipei and New Taipei, as of 2:30 p.m.
(By Yu Hsiao-han and Kay Liu) enditem/ls
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