Thunderstorm hits north, causing flooding, damage
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.