CWB blasts exaggerated typhoon prediction claims
The Central Weather Bureau denied speculation by a TV broadcaster Wednesday that two more strong typhoons could form, whose paths could resemble that of recent Typhoon Soudelor, which left eight dead and nearly 450 injured in Taiwan.
Facebook comments made by Next TV anchor Lee Fu-cheng were “a hype,” bureau chief Shin Tzay-chyn said, criticizing them as irresponsible remarks that could cause unnecessary panic among the public.
Lee said there will be two typhoons heading for Taiwan, which could start affecting the country as early as Aug. 21.
People should “hide themselves in the ditch,” he said.
However, Shin pointed out that it is too early to make such predictions, adding that there is indeed a massive depression out over the Pacific, but its future development will depend on numerous variables over the next 7-10 days.