Wed, Aug 08, 2012 - Page 3 News List

Bureau lifts sea alert, but warns of heavy rains

NO RESPITE:While Haikui no longer poses a threat to sea vessels, Taiwan will remain under its influence, with heavy rains hitting the central and southern areas

By Shelley Shan  /  Staff reporter

Residents in central and southern Taiwan must remain on alert for heavy or extremely heavy rain after Typhoon Haikui moves away, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said yesterday.

The bureau lifted the sea alert for Haikui at 5:30pm yesterday, as it no longer posed a threat to sea vessels operating off the north coast.

The bureau said Haikui had strengthened from a tropical storm to a typhoon. As of 5:30pm yesterday, the center of the typhoon was 370km north-northeast of Taipei. It was moving northwest at 12kph. Maximum wind speed near the center was 35m per second.

The typhoon is forecast to be 170km south of Shanghai by 5pm today, the bureau said.

According to the Civil Aeronautics Administration, two domestic and eight international flights had either been canceled or delayed because of Haikui.

While the bureau had lifted the sea alert, it warned that the nation would still be under the influence of Haikui’s circumfluence. Chances for heavy or extremely rain remain high in the central and southern regions. Afternoon showers would also be seen in the mountainous areas in the northern and northeastern regions.

Cloudy skies are forecast for the rest of the nation. Between tomorrow and Tuesday next week, temporary showers are forecast for the central and southern regions, the bureau said, adding that people in the northern and northeastern regions would experience afternoon thundershowers.

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