Sun, Sep 16, 2012 - Page 3 News List

Major rains in the north after winds blow through

Staff writer, with CNA

Shuangfeng Rd in Sindian District, New Taipei City, is seen after the thoroughfare collapsed due to land subsidence following yesterday’s heavy rain.

Photo: Hsieh Chia-chun, Taipei Times

Northern Taiwan saw heavy rainfall yesterday due to the combined effects of seasonal winds and a nearby typhoon, the Central Weather Bureau said.

Moisture carried by winds from the northeast, together with the outer rim of Typhoon Sanba, caused significant downpours in Taipei City, New Taipei City (新北市), Taoyuan County and Yilan County.

New Taipei City’s Sindian District (新店) was the hardest-hit area, recording accumulated precipitation of 296mm between midnight and 3pm yesterday, bureau data showed.

Rainfall in the region is likely to continue until today, causing daily minimum temperatures to drop to about 23°C, forecasters said. Meanwhile, strong winds reaching 100kph could be felt in coastal areas across the island due to the influence of nearby Typhoon Sanba.

However, the typhoon is not expected to pose further threats to the island as it is heading toward the Ryukyu Islands, the bureau said.

As of 2pm yesterday, Sanba was centered 720km east of eatern Taiwan’s Hualien County, moving at 23kph in a north-northwesterly direction.

It was packing sustained winds of 191kph, with gusts reaching 234kph, the bureau said.

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