Taiwan lifts sea warning for Tropical Storm Aere

The Central Weather Bureau (CWB) lifted a sea warning on Thursday for Tropical Storm Aere as it moved away from Taiwan, but a warning against torrential rain remains in place due to peripheral circulation.

As of 2 p.m. Aere was centered about 230 kilometers east of the Dongsha Islands (the Pratas Islands) in the South China Sea, moving in a westerly direction at 8 kilometers per hour, according to CWB data.

Despite lifting the sea warning, the CWB warned of heavy or torrential rain in eastern and southern Taiwan which will continue until Saturday.

Parts of Hualien, Taitung, Yilan, mountainous areas of Pingtung and Hengchun Peninsula should make the necessary preparations to be ready for the downpour, the CWB said.

Some parts of New Taipei, flat areas of Pingtung and mountainous areas of Taichung, Nantou and Kaohsiung could also see heavy rain, the CWB warned.

As to the weather for the National Day holiday on Oct 10, the temperature is expected to drop by one or two degrees Celsius in northern Taiwan and there will be intermittent rain, the CWB forecast.

In central and southern Taiwan, there will be occasional rain on Oct. 9 and 10, the bureau said.

Meanwhile, peripheral circulation from Aere started to impact sea traffic off Taitung on Wednesday and ferry services from Taitung to Orchid Island and Green Island were suspended, stranding nearly 200 tourists on the outlying islands.

Ferry services are expected to resume on Friday.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel