Typhoon rains threaten north
The combined effects of seasonal winds and a strong approaching typhoon could bring heavy rains and strong winds to northern and northeastern Taiwan overnight, the Central Weather Bureau said yesterday. Moisture carried by the seasonal winds from the northeast, together with the outer rim of Typhoon Sanba, could cause significant downpours in those regions, while winds reaching 100kph could continue throughout the following day, the bureau said. As of 6pm, Sanba was centered 980km east-southeast of Eluanpi, Taiwan’s southernmost tip, moving north-northwesterly at 19kph and packing maximum sustained winds of 198kph, with gusts reaching 245kph, the bureau said. Nevertheless, a sea warning for the typhoon was unlikely to be issued, as it was expected to move toward the Ryukyu Islands, the forecasters said.
Kite festival to go ahead
About 150 kite enthusiasts from around the world are set to participate in a festival in New Taipei City (新北市) that is to put their unique skills and flying devices on display, organizers said yesterday. The New Taipei City North Coast International Kite Festival is scheduled to be held on two consecutive weekends starting on Sept. 15 in Shihmen Township (石門), with 25 teams from 11 countries and territories showcasing kite crafts and flying skills. For the opening of the event, kite experts from South Korea and China are to team up with a local group to perform stunt kite shows, followed by a first-ever “night fly,” the organizers said, adding a Taiwanese kite flyer is set to use LED stunt kites to light up the sky starting at 7pm. Asked if Typhoon Sanba would affect the festival, the organizers said the event would be staged come rain or shine.