Heavy rain to continue to affect central, southern Taiwan Thursday

Taipei,  Taiwan’s Central Weather Bureau (CWB) late Wednesday said the heavy rain and extremely heavy rain that caused flooding in parts of the country earlier in the day is likely to continue in central and southern areas Thursday before subsiding Friday morning.

At a press event, the CWB forecast that cities and counties south of central Taichung city will see heavy rain or extremely heavy rain Thursday. Meanwhile, extremely heavy rain is also expected in southern Taiwan.

The rain is forecast to be heavy in coastal areas from late Wednesday to early Thursday before moving inland to mountainous areas south of Tainan City later in the day, it noted.

According to the CWB, the heavy rain alert means accumulated rainfall of 80 millimeters or more over a 24-hour period or 40 millimeters within an hour.

Extremely heavy rain advisories warn of rainfall exceeding 200mm in a 24-hour period or 100mm in a three-hour period, it said.

Elsewhere, afternoon sporadic showers and gusty winds are possible in northern, northeastern and southeastern Taiwan Thursday, the CWB said.

The weather is expected to stabilize across the country from Friday morning, it added.

The southwesterly winds that brought overnight storms beginning 2 a.m. Wednesday had already caused flooding in parts of Kaohsiung and Tainan cities when the CWB issued heavy and extremely heavy rain warnings for seven cities and counties in central and southern Taiwan later in the day.

As of 7 p.m. Wednesday, Kaohsiung’s Gangshan District had reported a total of 321.5 millimeters of rainfall since midnight, according to the CWB.


Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel

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