TAIPEI (The China Post) — The Central Weather Bureau (CWB, 中央氣象局) issued storm warnings for Keelung, Taipei, New Taipei, and Yilan on Friday as Typhoon Choi-wan (彩雲) approaches.
Those on the road need to watch out for flooding and poor visibility, while those in mountainous areas need to look out for landslides or falling rocks.
The Water Resources Agency (水利署) also issued a Level 1 flood warning for Wenshan, Da’an, Xinyi District, and Xindian District of New Taipei City.
Affected by the typhoon peripheral circulation and the southward plum rain front, heavy rain is expected in 16 counties and cities, including Taipei City, New Taipei City, Keelung City, Nantou County, Yunlin County, and Chiayi County.
According to the CWB, the vigorous development of convection is often accompanied by thunder, lightning, and heavy rainfall. Strong gusts of wind or even hail may occur as well.
At present, flooding has been reported in Xindian District.
The New Taipei City Government said that in response to heavy rainfall, the Xinbei Disaster Response Center has been opened since 1:25 p.m.
The rainfall was concentrated in Xindian District and attention was paid to the instantaneous heavy rain.
The city government also called on everyone to be mindful of sudden, heavy rain in mountainous areas, landslides, and rockfall and take precautions to prevent flooding.