Taipei deluged with extremely heavy thunderstorm

Taipei--Extremely heavy rain of 85 millimeters per hour was recorded at Zhongzheng Bridge in Taipei Wednesday afternoon, according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).

New Taipei's Xindian District and Taoyuan's Guishan District also recorded precipitation of 70 mm per hour.

In four hours, afternoon thunderstorms brought 52-124mm of rainfall to Zhongzheng Bridge, Gongguan and the CWB headquarters in Taipei; 50-96.5mm to Xindian and Yonghe districts in New Taipei; and 43.5-86mm to Guishan and Taoyuan districts in Taoyuan, the CWB said.

The bureau had issued an extremely heavy rain advisory for Taipei, New Taipei and Taoyuan at around 2 p.m.

According to the CWB website, heavy rain advisories were issued for the other 14 cities and counties in Taiwan proper, except for Hsinchu City and Changhua County.

Heavy rain is defined as 24-hour accumulated rainfall exceeding 80 mm, or one hour of rainfall exceeding 40 mm, according to the bureau.

Extremely heavy rain is defined as 24-hour accumulated rainfall exceeding 200 mm, or three hours of accumulated rainfall exceeding 100 mm.

A flood warning level 1 was issued earlier in the afternoon by the Water Resources Agency (WRA) for New Taipei's Xindian, Yunghe and Zhonghe districts, Taipei's Da'an, Zhongzheng and Wanhua districts, and Taoyuan's Guishan district.

As of 5:40 p.m., only New Taipei's Yunghe District was still on a flood warning level 2, while no areas were on flood warning level 1.

A flood warning level 1 indicates that an area is in immediate danger of flooding, while a flood warning level 2 indicates that the area affected may see signs of flooding within three hours.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel