The China Post news staff with CNA
TAIPEI, Taiwan — The Central Weather Bureau (CWB) issued a land warning for Tropical Storm Trami at 8:30 p.m. yesterday, cautioning the public to be prepared for heavy rain. A sea warning for the storm was issued at 11:30 a.m., when the storm was centered some 780 kilometers east of the southernmost tip of Taiwan.
The tropical storm is expected to strengthen starting late Tuesday, with the brunt of its impact reaching across Taiwan on Wednesday and Thursday, the bureau said.
“Areas around Taiwan will see significant rainfall under the influence of the storm,” said Wu Wan-hua, a technical specialist with the bureau.
For the rest of the day Tuesday, parts of Northern and Northeastern Taiwan could see torrential rain while Eastern, Central and Southern Taiwan could face heavy rain, the bureau predicted.
The storm is coming as the tide’s range is at its maximum, a phenomenon called spring tide, Wu added, cautioning coastal and low-lying areas to be prepared for flooding and seawater intrusion.
The bureau warned people around Taiwan to be on alert for sudden downpours, thunder and lightning, and strong winds, urging the public to avoid going to the beach.
Trami, the 12th storm of the 2013 Pacific typhoon season, was moving in a northwesterly direction at a speed of 18 km per hour and packing sustained winds of 101 kph, with gusts of up to 126 kph, the bureau said.
Government on Alert Government agencies including the Central Emergency Operation Center are on standby as of Tuesday to deal with a tropical storm headed for Taiwan, the center announced earlier in the day. The CWB issued a sea warning for Trami just before noon, when the storm was centered some 780 kilometers east of the Taiwan’s southernmost tip. The Ministry of Defense has deployed more than 47,000 soldiers and 38 helicopters to support local governments in disaster relief, said ministry spokesperson Luo Shou-he. A total of 10 amphibious assault vehicles are deployed and ready at military bases in Yilan and New Taipei in the north and Chiayi in the south, Luo said. Over 1,700 travelers on Green Island, off the eastern county of Taitung, returned ahead of schedule earlier on Tuesday before Trami’s arrival. Boat services to the island were suspended from Tuesday afternoon and into Thursday on warnings that waters north, northeast and southeast of Taiwan will be affected by the storm. The CWB has cautioned that the storm could bring total rainfall of over 1,000 millimeters during the next three days. The typhoon’s center was predicted to pass through northern Taiwan, bringing a southwesterly current which will send rains down to Central and Southern Taiwan, said meteorologist Daniel Wu. As of noon on Tuesday, Trami was moving in a northwesterly direction at a speed of 18 km per hour and packing sustained winds of 101 kph, with gusts of up to 126 kph. It is expected to be centered around 240 kilometers east of Taipei Wednesday and bring wind and rain to the island through Thursday morning, the CWB said.