Tropical depression forecast to continue dousing Taiwan Friday

Taipei, A tropical depression that has been battering the southern half of Taiwan is still dumping heavy rain on those areas, as it very slowly moves northward, the Central Weather Bureau said Friday.

Heavy rainfall is expected to continue in central and southern Taiwan as well as in the offshore county of Penghu County on Friday, with northern parts of the country getting their share later in the day as the system moves north, according CWB forecaster Lee Meng-shuan (???).

The CWB has issued an "extremely torrential rain" alert for Yunlin, Chiayi, Tainan, Kaohsiung, Pingtung and Penghu, and a "torrential rain" warning for Changhua and Nantou.

The bureau has warned of "extremely heavy rain" in Taichung, Miaoli and Taitung, and "heavy rain" in New Taipei, Taoyuan, Yilan, Hsinchu and Hualien.

According to the CWB, heavy rain means accumulated rainfall of more than 80mm in 24 hours or more than 40mm of rainfall in one hour, while extremely heavy rain refers to more than 200mm in 24 hours or accumulated rainfall of more than 100mm in three hours.

Torrential rain means accumulated rainfall of 350mm in 24 hours, while extremely torrential rain refers to more than 500mm accumulated in 24 hours.

As of 8:30 a.m. Friday, the accumulated rainfall recorded in Chiayi's Lutsao and Yichu townships had exceeded 700mm over the past 24 hours and it was still pouring, according to the CWB.

The heavy rain has forced the closure of the Alishan Scenic Area and the Southern Branch of the National Palace Museum in Chiayi on Friday.

Meanwhile, Lee said that due to the rainy conditions and heavy cloud cover, daytime temperatures across Taiwan will range between 28 and 33 degrees Celsius on Friday.

He cautioned against big waves in coastal areas of Taiwan, and Kinmen and Matsu islands, and strong winds in western Taiwan, Taitung, Green Island, Orchid Island, Penghu and Matsu.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel