CWB issues heavy rain alert for central, southern Taiwan

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According to CWB, heavy or extremely heavy rain is expected in central and southern Taiwan Thursday. (Photo courtesy of NOWnews)

Taipei, June 14 (CNA) Heavy or extremely heavy rain is expected in central and southern Taiwan Thursday, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said that day.

As a weather front and southwesterly winds move north, precipitation is spreading from southern to northern Taiwan and weather conditions around the country are forecast to become unstable.

A tropical depression that formed early Thursday near Dongsha Island in the South China Sea, meanwhile, will bring significant rainfall to central and southern Taiwan, the CWB said.

Residents in those regions should stay alert for heavy or extremely heavy rain, strong winds and lightning strikes, the CWB warned.

Due to the current spring tides, residents and those who are planning to visit coastal areas of Taiwan should also remain vigilant to high tides and flooding, the bureau said.

The rain is not expected to ease until June 17, the CWB added.

(By Chen Wei-ting and Hsu Hsiao-ling)