Tropical depression leaves Taiwan; rain continues: CWB

Taipei, The tropical depression which made landfall in Pingtung County early Thursday is moving away from Taiwan, but continues to bring rain to the island on Saturday, according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).

Under the remaining influence of the tropical depression and southwesterly winds, occasional showers, thunderstorms or sporadic heavy rain are forecast for the whole island on Saturday, according to CWB forecaster Wu Yi-fan (???).

Although the rain on Saturday is expected to ease compared to earlier this week, most parts of Taiwan will likely still see heavy downpour.

As a result, the CWB issued an extremely heavy rain warning for Pingtung County and heavy rain warnings for the rest of the country, except for the outlying islands of Kinmen and Matsu.

According to the CWB, extremely heavy rain means accumulated rainfall of between 200mm and 350mm over 24 hours, or more than 100mm in one hour, while heavy rain refers to accumulated rainfall of between 80mm and 200mm over 24 hours, or more than 40mm in one hour.

As of 8:39 a.m. Saturday, the tropical depression, which doused the island on Thursday and Friday, was hovering over waters off northern Taiwan and was moving slowly in a west-northwest direction, the CWB data showed.

Meanwhile, another tropical depression was found at waters south of Japan's Ryukyu Islands and was moving in a northwesterly direction.

The forecaster said its influence on the weather in Taiwan was being investigated.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel