Land warning for Taiwan proper lifted

The Central Weather Bureau lifted the land warning for Taiwan proper at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday after Typhoon Megi battered all regions of the island on Tuesday.

The bureau warned, however, that the outlying Kinmen, Matsu and Penghu islands remained on full alert as strong rain and gusty winds persisted in those areas.

The bureau's sea warning for the typhoon was still in effect and covered the Taiwan Strait and waters off of Taiwan's northern coast.

Heavy rain and extremely heavy rain warnings for Taiwan proper and the country's outlying islands have also been issued.

People in the Chiayi, Tainan, Kaohsiung and Pingtung areas in southern Taiwan and Yilan, Hualien and Taitung counties in eastern Taiwan must even be on alert for possible torrential rains, defined as more than 350 millimeters of rainfall in a 24-hour period, the bureau said.

The bureau also issued a red alert for mudslides and rockslides for 254 streams and rivers in Nantou, Yilan, Pingtung, Yunlin and Chiayi counties and the cities of Hualien, Tainan, Kaohsiung and New Taipei.

The storm, which made landfall in Fujian Province in China at 4:40 a.m. on Wednesday, left at least four people dead and 527 people injured in Taiwan.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel