Sun, Aug 12, 2007 - Page 2 News List

Heavy rain, strong winds could cause flooding, mudslides

By Shelley Shan  /  STAFF REPORTER

Heavy rains are expected to continue across central and southern Taiwan until tomorrow, caused by a front moving in from the southwest, the Central Weather Bureau said yesterday.

The front swept in in the wake of Tropical Storm Wutip on Thursday. The loose storm system was downgraded to a tropical depression upon landfall.

The bureau has cautioned residents in central and southern Taiwan to prepare for heavy rain.

The chances of heavy rain will be high in Miaoli, Penghu and to the north of Hsinchu County throughout the weekend.

Residents in mountainous areas should be cautious, as landslides and mudflows are possible; residents in lowland areas should watch out for floods.

The bureau issued a strong wind alert for the southwest. The wind along the region's coastal area could reach level 8 or level 9 on the Beaufort wind force scale (63kph to 87kph).

In the southwest, floods may be caused by heavy rains and high ocean waves, the bureau said, urging residents to exercise caution.

The Tainan County Government's water resources bureau will monitor the rainfall in each of the county's districts to keep an eye on potential flooding and damage caused by heavy rain. Mobile water pumps were prepared in coastal areas bracing for the storm.

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