Fitow skirts Taiwan, brings heavy rain to north

Fitow skirts Taiwan, brings heavy rain to north

TAIPEI, Taiwan - The Central Weather Bureau (CWB) is expected to lift the land warning for Typhoon Fitow this morning as the storm skirted Taiwan and headed toward Matsu Island last night.

Local governments in mainland Taiwan yesterday announced that schools and offices will open as per normal today. In Matsu, however, classes and work are suspended due to the typhoon.

The CWB said that heavy rainfall brought by Fitow was recorded in New Taipei, Taoyuan, Hsinchu, and Miaoli. The bureau warned earlier that Jianshi Township in Hsinchu could see the highest rainfall.

The CWB said that as of late yesterday, rainfall in Jianshi was recorded at 537 mm, adding that Wulai in New Taipei, Fuxing in Taoyuan, Taian in Miaoli, and Wufeng in Hsinchu each have recorded over 300 mm of rainfall.

In other mountainous areas, Yilan, Nantou and Taichung should expect substantial rainfall, the CWB said.

Hsinchu County yesterday evacuated over 200 residents from Jianshi and Wufeng as a precautionary measure against torrential rain brought by the typhoon.

Hsinchu Emergency Operation Center said that by 3 p.m. yesterday, the government had evacuated 190 people from Jianshi Township and 41 people from Wufeng Township.

The Hsinchu Government said it had issued mudslide-warnings for the two townships.

Taipei and New Taipei yesterday both closed water gates in anticipation of rain. New Taipei warned people against entering Hsintian, Dahan and Tamsui riverside parks in light of safety concerns.

Tamsui Township's famous statue of George Mackay, the kneeling bronze statue located on Tamsui riverside, was flooded yesterday due to constant heavy rain, according to the Central News Agency.

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