Sea, land warnings for Storm Haitang lifted

Taipei--The Central Weather Bureau (CWB) lifted sea and land warnings for Tropical Storm Haitang at 8:30 a.m. Monday after the storm left Taiwan and headed toward the southeastern Chinese province of Fujian earlier that day.

As of 8 a.m. Monday, Haitang was centered about 90 kilometers west-northwest of Fuzhou in Fujian and moving in a north-northwesterly direction at 15 kilometers per hour, data from the bureau showed. It was packing maximum sustained winds of 65kph, with gusts reaching 90kph, according to the bureau.

However, due to the effects of the storm's periphery and the southwest air flow, heavy rain and extremely heavy rain warnings remained in place for 15 cities and counties, mainly in central and southern Taiwan, with warnings to other areas over occasional showers and thunderstorms.

Residents in Yunlin, Changhua, Chiayi City and County, Tainan, Kaohsiung, mountainous areas of Pingtung and offshore Kinmen County could see extremely heavy rain, defined as more than 200 millimeters of rainfall in a 24-hour period, the bureau said.

Meanwhile, those in Miaoli, Taichung, Nantou, Taitung, mountainous areas of Hualien as well as the offshore islands of Penghu and Matsu can expect heavy rain, defined as more than 80 millimeters of rainfall in a 24-hour period, the bureau said.

Following several days of rain, the bureau warned the public to be alert for possible landslides, mudslides, flooding and falling rocks, especially in mountainous and riverside areas, the bureau said.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel