Heavy rains, flash floods as storm nears Taiwan

Heavy rains, flash floods as storm nears Taiwan
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TAIPEI, Taiwan - Tropical Storm Linfa turned slightly westbound yesterday evening, according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB), and the sea warning originally scheduled to be issued last night was postponed.

As the Pacific High weakened and retreated yesterday evening, Linfa went past Luzon, an island of the Philippines, 430 kilometers away from Taiwan, moving northwest at 9 kilometers per hour, according to the CWB. It was packing maximum sustained winds of 82 kilometers per hour, with gusts of up to 108 kilometers per hour.

The CWB reminded the public that though its potential route is still uncertain, the storm is likely to come closer once it turns northbound. A sea warning scheduled to be issued yesterday evening at 8 p.m. was postponed due to its change of direction, however, a CWB forecaster announced that it would likely be issued this morning.

Associate professor of National Central University (NCU), Wu De-jung yesterday said that Linfa's airflow was rather complicated and unstable, and that even though it was only a mild typhoon, citizens should expect plentiful rainfall.

The CWB also warned of heavy rain, thunder storms, strong winds and flash flooding caused by rapid water rise on the southeast coast as well as regions south of Chiayi. Showers have been reported in Pingtung beginning last night.

According to the CWB, waves were stirred up to three-meters high along the coastline of Kenting National Park. Officials of the park's headquarters have warned visitors not to go into the water, marking the beaches with red flags yesterday.

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