Universiade on alert as Typhoon Hato to affect southern and eastern Taiwan

The Central Weather Bureau sent an alert on Monday afternoon for Typhoon Hato. The typhoon is expected to be light and cover Taitung, Heng Chuen Peninsula, and Pingtung.

The Universiade committee is also keeping a close watch on how it may affect the Universiade in Taipei. Emergency measures are on stand by and will be enacted if the typhoon does affect the games.

Universiade Spokesperson Yang Jing-tang said emergency measures will be enacted if there is a land warning that the storm will affect the games and venues. Some temporary facilities such as tents and audience chairs will be taken down.

Vice Premier Lin Hsi-yao said it is bound to rain on Monday night. He is concerned that the rain may affect the competition schedule. He called on the weather bureau to inform relevant agencies of any changes in the weather so that they may be prepared.

As of 4:15 pm on Monday, Hato was located 350 kilometers east-southeast of Eluanbi, Taiwan's southernmost tip. The storm was moving in a west-northwest direction at up to 19 kilometers per hour, packing sustained winds of 65 kph with gusts up to 90 kph.

Source: Radio Taiwan International