Weather bureau issues heavy rain warnings for southern Taiwan

The Central Weather Bureau (CWB) issued heavy rain warnings for six southern Taiwan cities and counties Friday.

The affected areas are Yunlin County, Tainan City, Chiayi City, Chiayi County, Kaohsiung City and Pingtung County, where thunderstorms, gusty winds and torrential rain are likely, according to the bureau.

People in mountainous areas should also take precautions against falling rocks, forecasters said.

Meanwhile, chances became lower that tropical storm Chaba will affect Taiwan directly, as it is likely to turn further north toward Japan proper once it reaches waters east of Okinawa, meaning that its periphery might not touch land in Taiwan, according to the bureau.

That would spare Taiwan the fate of being hit by a typhoon for the third time in three weeks following the destruction caused by typhoons Meranti and Megi Sept. 14 and 27.

However, a depression near the Philippines could bring showers to southern and eastern Taiwan over the weekend.

As of 8 a.m. Friday, Chaba, the 18th storm of the 2016 Pacific typhoon season, was centered some 2,110 kilometers east-southeast of Taiwan's southernmost tip, moving at a speed of 19 kilometers per hour in a northwesterly direction, CWB data showed.

The storm was carrying maximum sustained winds of 83 kph, with gusts of up to 108 kph, according to the CWB.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel