Thun­der­storm hits north, caus­ing flood­ing, dam­age

The China Post - - LOCAL - BY CHI- HAO JAMES LO

Sev­eral dis­tricts in New Taipei and Taipei cities re­ported mi­nor rain-re­lated in­ci­dents caused by a tor­ren­tial thun­der­storm yes­ter­day.

Ar­eas in Gong­guan as well as the Wen­shan and Daan dis­tricts re­ported cases of flood­ing, with cer­tain Wen­shan ar­eas ac­cu­mu­lat­ing knee- level wa­ter.

Gong­guan MRT Sta­tion re­ceived so much rain that the sta­tion’s No. 3 exit was tem­po­rar­ily closed be­cause of flood­ing. The Taipei Rapid Tran­sit Cor­po­ra­tion also said that be­cause of the power of the rain and wind, cer- tain stretches of the MRT’s Line 1 had to switch from au­to­matic op­er­a­tion to be­ing man­u­ally driven.

Taipei’s No. 2 Fu­neral Par­lor ( ) recorded 30 cen­time­ters of rain.

Re­port­edly, eight fam­i­lies were evac­u­ated in Xinyi Dis­trict, fol­low­ing re­ports of a po­ten­tial land­slide. Two fire en­gines were de­ployed in re­sponse.

Taipei Song­shan Air­port was also af­fected by the sud­den tor­ren­tial rain, los­ing power for one minute at 3:21 p.m.

Ac­cord­ing to the Taipei City Fire Depart­ment, un­til 5 p. m. yes­ter­day, fire­fight­ers in the city pro­cessed 40 in­di­vid­ual cases in con­nec­tion with the down­pour.

The depart­ment said Wen­shan Dis­trict had the most re­ported in­ci­dents at 18 cases.

Ear­lier yes­ter­day, sev­eral Taipei City Gov­ern­ment de­part­ments pub­lished dis­as­ter warn­ings be­cause of a strong tor­ren­tial thun­der­storm that took place af­ter 1 p.m.

The Cen­tral Weather Bureau (CWB) re­leased a weather no­tice early yes­ter­day, stat­ing that con­vec­tions would be ac­tively stim­u­lated soon af­ter noon, with a high pos­si­bil­ity of thun­der­storms and hail in Taipei’s Zhongzheng, Daan and Song­shan dis­tricts.

At 3 p. m. yes­ter­day, the CWB is­sued an up­date, an­nounc­ing that the Gong­guan area around Na­tional Tai­wan Uni­ver­sity re­ceived recorded 125 mil­lime­ters of rain.

Taipei’s Xinyi Dis­trict recorded 64 mil­lime­ters of rain­fall, which was 14 mil­lime­ters more than the 50- mil­lime­ter av­er­age recorded across Taipei.

Aside from Taipei, New Taipei also recorded heavy rain­fall due to the tor­ren­tial thun­der­storm, so much so that the Min­istry of Eco­nomic Af­fairs’ Wa­ter Re­source Agency is­sued flood warn­ings for both New Taipei and Taipei City.

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