Southern, Eastern Taiwan to witness torrential rainfall


TAIPEI–Parts of southern and eastern Taiwan could see torrential rain on Monday due to the influence of the outer cloud bands of Tropical Storm Vicente, the Central Weather Bureau said. Torrential rain could fall in parts of eastern Taiwan and the Hengchun Peninsula on Taiwan’s southern tip, while heavy rain could be expected in other areas in southern Taiwan, the bureau said. Areas north of central Taiwan could also see localized heavy rain after noon, the bureau said, adding that the rain could continue throughout the week.

The bureau cautioned people in these areas to be prepared for sudden downpours, lightning, strong winds and flooding in low-lying areas, as well as landslides, rock falls and rising river levels in mountain areas.

As of 8 a.m., Tropical Storm Vicente was centered 660 kilometers west-southwest of Eluanbi on the southern tip of Taiwan, moving at a speed of 13 km per hour in a west-northwesterly direction, according to the bureau.

It was packing maximum sustained winds of 100 kph, with gusts reaching 126 kph.