Typhoon Chanthu moves north, bringing heavy rain to northern Taiwan

As Typhoon Chanthu moves towards the north, heavy rain is expected in Taipei, New Taipei, mountainous areas of northern Taiwan, and Yilan County in the northeast on Sunday afternoon, according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).

Meanwhile, areas south of Yunlin County are no longer included in Chanthu’s land warning area zones as these areas were no longer under the influence of the outer band of the typhoon, CWB forecaster Hsu Chung-yi (???) said.

The Bashi Channel and the southern part of the Taiwan Strait were still subject to the sea warning, Hsu added.

As of 3 p.m. Sunday, Typhoon Chanthu was located about 100 kilometers east-northeast of Taipei, moving north-northwest at a slower speed of 17 km per hour, down from 28 kph, CWB data showed.

The storm had a radius of 200 km and was packing maximum sustained winds of 162 km per hour, with gusts of up to 198 km per hour, according to CWB data.

Areas north of Taichung and land areas of northeastern and eastern Taiwan are still within Chanthu’s storm circle, meaning that rainfall is expected to continue in the northern and northeast parts of the country, according to the CWB.

Under the influence of the typhoon’s outer system, mountainous areas of central and southern Taiwan have had increasing rainfall, Hsu said, adding that the southwest can also expect precipitation on Monday due to approaching southwesterly winds.

However, the rainfall in the southeast will lessen from Sunday afternoon throughout the night, while the rest of Taiwan can expect heavy rain, according to the CWB.

Meanwhile, the weather bureau issued advisories that Keelung, Yilan and the mountainous areas of Taipei, New Taipei, Taoyuan, Hsinchu, Miaoli, Taichung and Nantou can expect heavy rain or extremely heavy rain on Sunday.

Areas north of Taichung, Nantou, Kaohsiung, Pingtung, Hualien, Taitung and mountainous areas across Yunlin and Tainan are also likely to see heavy rain. The advisories will be in effect from Sunday afternoon to Sunday night.

In the CWB’s advisories, extremely heavy rain is defined as accumulated rainfall of 200 millimeters or more within 24 hours, while heavy rain means accumulated rainfall of 80 mm or more within a 24-hour period or 40 mm or more in an hour.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel