Heavy rain warnings issued for northern, eastern Taiwan

10/11/2021 12:03 PM
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A pedestrian in Taipei Monday morning. CNA photo Oct. 11, 2021
A pedestrian in Taipei Monday morning. CNA photo Oct. 11, 2021

Taipei, Oct. 11 (CNA) The Central Weather Bureau (CWB) on Monday issued heavy rain advisories for 11 cities and counties in Taiwan, saying they were being affected by the outer bands of Tropical Storm Kompasu.

The CWB issued a torrential rain warning for New Taipei and the eastern counties of Yilan and Hualien, saying accumulated rainfall of over 350 millimeters can be expected within a 24-hour period, or more than 200 millimeters in three hours.

As of 10:50 a.m. the accumulated rainfall in Yilan's Yuanyang Lake Wetland was 218.5 millimeters, CWB data showed.

An extremely heavy rain advisory was issued for Taoyuan and Taichung cities, and the eastern county of Taitung, warning of accumulated rainfall of over 200 millimeters within a 24-hour period, or more than 100 millimeters in three hours.

The CWB issued a heavy rain warning for Keelung and Taipei cities, and Hsinchu, Nantou and Pingtung counties, saying they can expect accumulated rainfall of over 80 millimeters within a 24-hour period, or more than 40 millimeters in an hour.

Elsewhere in Taiwan, brief showers can be expected, the CWB said.

Image from the CWB website
Image from the CWB website

The rain is being caused by the outer bands of Tropical Storm Kompasu, which is nearing the Bashi Channel south of Taiwan and is forecast to pass through the channel Monday evening into Tuesday morning, the CWB said.

As of 8 a.m., the storm was located 520 kilometers southeast of Taiwan, moving west-northwest at a speed of 25 km per hour. It was carrying maximum sustained winds of 90 kph, with gusts of up to 118.8 kph, according to the CWB.

Besides the rain, the storm will also cause strong winds in coastal regions across the country, as well as high waves in Keelung, eastern and southwestern Taiwan, and the Hengchun Peninsula in Pingtung County, the CWB said.

Due to the storm, work and classes were suspended all day Monday on Orchid Island (Lanyu), and in the afternoon on Green Island. Both islands are located off the southeast coast of Taiwan proper.

(By Chang Hsiung-feng and Chiang Yi-ching)

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