Heavy rain forecast on tail end of Tropical Storm Hato

Taipei-The national Water Resources Agency (WRA) issued on Tuesday flood warnings for parts of Taiwan as the tail of Tropical Storm Hato drags past, bringing heavy rain to some areas.

At 3 p.m., the WRA warned that some townships in the eastern county of Taitung might experience flooding if the rain continued, and it issued a Level 1 alert for Jinfong Township, which meant flooding was imminent.

At the same time, the county's Taimali and Daren townships were put on a Level 2 alert against possible flooding within three hours should the rain continue.

Meanwhile, torrential rain warnings were issued for Hualien and Pingtung counties, while showers were forecast in mountainous areas of Yilan and Kaohsiung.

The Central Weather Bureau (CWB) at 5:30 p.m. lifted its sea warning for Tropical Storm Hato, which was located 90 kilometers east of the Pratas Island and was moving west northwest at 26 km per hour.

Although Taiwan was no longer within the storm's radius, the CWB said, Hato's tail end was carrying heavy rains.

Earlier in the day, the south-link railway line that runs between Kaohsiung City, Pingtung and Taitung resumed operations as the storm moved away from Taiwan.

However, ferry services between Taitung and Orchid Island were not expected to resume until Wednesday, and Alishan Forest Railway Main Line remained closed until further notice.

Hato passed closest to Taiwan on Tuesday morning, bringing heavy rain and gusty winds to many parts of the country, but no casualties were reported.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel