Goni veers away but brings heavy rain­fall

CWB warns of land­slides, rock fall & flood­ing as storm passes

The China Post - - FRONT PAGE -

Typhoon Goni veered east yesterday, away from Tai­wan and the Cen­tral Weather Bureau (CWB) said that it would most likely not be is­su­ing a land warn­ing.

As of 5 p.m. yesterday, Typhoon Goni was 230 kilo­me­ters south­east of Er­lu­anbi ( ), mov­ing north- north­east at a speed of 18 kilo­me­ters per hour. It is pre­dicted to be over the sea 290 kilo­me­ters away from Taipei at 5 p.m. to­day.

Although the typhoon will not make land­fall in Tai­wan, the outer rim of the storm has been af­fect­ing the is­land, said the CWB. Orchid Is­land has ex­pe­ri­enced a range of wind speeds at level seven on the Beau­fort scale and the strong­est gusts reached level 14. As of early yesterday, it was ap­proach­ing Green Is­land ( ) , threat­en­ing the Bashi Chan­nel ( ), and the east and north coasts of Tai­wan.

Ac­cu­mu­lated rain­fall of more than 100 mil­lime­ters has been re­ported from weather sta­tions in Hualien’s ( ) Taroko (

) and Zhongx­ing ( ), ac­cord­ing to the CWB.

A heavy rain warn­ing was also is­sued yesterday af­ter­noon as moun­tain­ous re­gions in Yi­lan ( ) and Hualien ex­pe­ri­enced tor­ren­tial rain and the eastern re­gion of Tai­wan, moun­tains in the north­ern re­gion, the cen­tral­south re­gion as well as the Hengchun Penin­sula ( ) ex­pe­ri­enced heavy rain showers. The CWB cau­tioned the public in North­ern Tai­wan about the pos­si­bil­ity of sud­den heavy rain and to be pre­pared for land­slides, fall­ing rocks or flood­ing in low land ar­eas. Keelung Fire Depart­ment (

) also re­ported yesterday that coastal waves have reached four to five me­ters and are still in­creas­ing in height. The fire depart­ment sug­gests the public avoid ac­tiv­i­ties by the sea and rec­om­mends those who live near rivers or the sea to keep an eye on wa­ter lev­els.

Ac­cord­ing to lo­cal news re­ports, veg­etable prices have in­creased 3.6-per­cent com­pared to Fri­day. There were also re­ports of peo­ple stock­ing up on min­eral wa­ter due to the prob­lem of muddy tap wa­ter af­ter Typhoon Soude­lor hit.

The Di­rec­torate Gen­eral of Highways ( ) has called on the public not to go to the moun­tains in the east and south­ern re­gions of Tai­wan and that lanes might be closed on pro­vin­cial highways No. 9 and No. 11 if wa­ter lev­els rise. In ad­di­tion, a to­tal of 57 ferry trips will be can­celed, said the Mar­itime and Port Bureau ( ). Tai­wan High Speed Rail will main­tain reg­u­lar oper­a­tions.

CNA

An old man pur­chases veg­eta­bles at a mar­ket, yesterday. It is now un­likely that a land warn­ing will be is­sued for Typhoon Goni, but veg­etable prices are still high. As of yesterday, the av­er­age price of veg­eta­bles was NT$43.7 per kilo­gram, 3.6-per­cent higher than Fri­day.

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