The China Post staff
Outer rims of Tropical Storm Nakri could bring downpours of rain today and tomorrow to Taiwan though its center left northeastern part of the island last night. Nakri, which was named after a Cambodian flower, yesterday traveled from Taichung, central Taiwan, to the northwestern counties of Miaoli, Hsinchu, Taoyuan and then to Taipei and Ilan, northeastern Taiwan, before it left the island at around 7 p.m.. The Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said residents living in northern, northeastern and central parts of the island must continue to be on the lookout for torrential rainfall coming along with Nakri’s outer rims. “Those living in the mountainous areas must remain vigilant about their safety, as the downpours to be brought by Nakri might trigger mudslides or landslides.”
The bureau also warned the residents in flood-prone areas to take special precautions against the heavy rainfall. The storm remains a major threat to crews aboard vessels operating off northern and northeastern coasts of the island. Meteorologists with the CWB, in its storm warning issued at 815 p.m., said that Nakri’s center was located 150 kilometers northeast of Ilan. With a 80-kilometer radius, Nakri is packing maximum winds of 18 meters per second with gusts of up to 25 meters per second. The meteorologists said the storm will travel at a speed of 13 kilometers per hour in a easterly direction. Nakri’s center is expected to arrive at a point 460 kilometers east of Ilan at 8 p.m. today. Although the storm’s structure was partially damaged by mountains in central and northern parts of Taiwan, it did not subside and become a tropical low pressure. Nakri is likely to gather strength from sea water after leaving the island. Please see NAKRI on page
“Even if Nakri subsided and became a tropical low pressure, it could become a storm once again two or three days later after gaining the strength from sea water.” Asked whether Nakri is likely to return and hit Taiwan again, Lu Kuo-chen, a meteorologist with the CWB, said that “We are not ruling out any possibility. Nonetheless, at present it is difficult for us to make prediction, because there are two typhoons in the northeast and southeast of the island.” Typhoon Chataan in the northeast of Taiwan has arrived in Japan while Typhoon Halong is near Guam. The two typhoons are not likely to cause immediate damage to the island but may have an impact on the future direction of Nakri. Torrential rainfall occurred yesterday in Taipei, Ilan and Pengchiayu, an isle lying off the northeastern coast. In the morning, mudslides triggered by the heavy rains burst into some 100 buildings in Chinshan, Taipei County. The surprise mudslides ravaged not only the more than 500 residents’ houses, but also many classrooms and offices at Sanho Elementary School in Chungho village, Chinshan. Although no disaster was reported in the village, the dirt and stones that came along with the mudslides later stayed in the buildings. The residents said that it will take them several days to clear up their residences. In the eastern county of Hualien, landslides damaged a tourist bus and left a 6-year-old girl injured in the morning. A huge falling stone hit the bus and broke apart into pieces while 24 tourists, including the girl, surnamed Chuang, had just left the vehicle in Yentzukuo, a major tourist attraction in the Taroko National Park. Chuang, who was hit in the head by a small piece of the stone, was rushed to a Hualien hospital. She remained in stable condition last night. Nakri is the second storm to hit Taiwan within a week. Typhoon Rammasun unleashed torrential rainfall on northern and central Taiwan between July 3 and July 4, relieving the worst drought in decades when its rim brushed the northeastern edge of Taipei County.