Heavy rain expected to continue until Thursday

Taipei, Heavy and torrential rain will continue to pound southern Taiwan Tuesday due to strong a southwesterly airstream, with the rain not forecast to ease up until Thursday, according to the latest forecast update released by the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).

Pingtung County and Kaohsiung will receive extremely heavy rain or sporadic torrential rain on Tuesday; and it is very likely Tainan, outlying Penghu County and Taitung County will see heavy rain or sporadic extremely heavy rain during the day, the 10 a.m. weather update indicated.

In addition, Chiayi, Yunlin and Kinmen could also be hit by heavy rain, the forecast said.

The weather bureau has issued torrential rain advisories to Kaohsiung and Pingtung, extremely heavy rain advisories to Tainan, Taitung and Penghu, and heavy rain advisories to Yunlin, Chiayi and Kinmen.

CWB forecaster Lin Ting-yi (???) said the rain will not ease until Thursday, when a Pacific high pressure system will gain force and the weather starts to stabilize.

Lin said Kaohsiung and Pingtung areas have been inundated by downpours and the rainfall in central areas has accelerated since Monday, he added.

People in other areas around Taiwan can also expect afternoon thunderstorms on Tuesday, the weatherman advised.

Meanwhile, tropical storm Jebi formed in the sea east of Guam at 8 a.m. Tuesday, the CWB said, predicting the 21st Pacific storm of the year will have no direct impact on Taiwan.

Since being pounded by torrential rain Monday, Pingtung City has received 437mm of rain, more than anywhere else in the country, with much of the city and many townships in Pingtung County flooded.

However, despite the flooding schools and offices in the county remained open on Tuesday as most roads remained accessible to vehicles.

According to the CWB, extremely heavy rain is defined as accumulated rainfall of 200mm or more within 24 hours; torrential rain refers to accumulated rainfall of 350mm or more within 24 hours; and extremely torrential rain means accumulated rainfall of 500mm or more over a 24-hour period.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel