People in the nation’s south and southeast should be alert to possible damage caused by heavy precipitation as Typhoon Hagupit moves away from the nation and heads toward China, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said yesterday.
Although Hagupit did not make landfall, it disrupted domestic flights and shipping.
As of 6pm yesterday, 30 domestic flights were canceled and 45 were delayed, Civil Aeronautics Administration data showed.
Photo: Peter Lo, Taipei Times
International flight services were not affected by the typhoon, the data showed.
The Port and Maritime Bureau said that 43 ferry services were canceled, including those between Keelung and Lienchiang County, and Orchid Island (Lanyu, 蘭嶼) and Taitung.
Hagupit was upgraded from a tropical storm to a typhoon at 5pm yesterday, but it is moving away from Taiwan and heading toward China, bureau weather forecaster Hsieh Pei-yun (謝佩芸) said.
As of 8:30pm yesterday, the typhoon’s center was 200km north of Keelung, moving northwest at 22kph, the bureau’s data showed.
The maximum wind speed reached 119kph near the center, with the radius expanding to 100km, the data showed.
Wind speeds at Pengjia Islet (彭佳嶼) and Green Island (綠島) reached Level 11 on the Beaufort scale, and Level 10 at Orchid Island and New Taipei City’s Bitoujiao (鼻頭角), Hsieh said, adding that sea waves could surge to 2m to 4m high today.
The bureau was expected to lift the sea warning at 11:30pm yesterday if the typhoon stayed on course.
Between 12am and 5pm yesterday, Taoyuan’s Dayuan District (大園) had the highest accumulated precipitation at 250mm, the bureau’s data showed.
It was followed by Xiaoyoukeng (小油坑) at Yangmingshan National Park and New Taipei City’s Tamsui District (淡水), with accumulated rainfall reaching 220mm and 162.5mm respectively.
The hourly rainfall in Tamsui and Taipei’s Shilin (士林) and Beitou (北投) districts also exceeded 90mm, the data showed.
Although the typhoon is moving away, Hsieh said that a south wind would bring rain to the nation’s south and southeast this morning.
Afternoon thundershowers are forecast for northern Taiwan and the mountainous areas today, she said.
According to the Central Disaster Response Center, as of 7pm yesterday, a total of 174 cases of flooding, fallen trees and road damage had been reported.
One person died and one was injured, it said.
Additional reporting by CNA
Citigroup Inc plans to exit retail banking in 13 markets across Asia, and the region of Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The bank would instead operate its consumer-banking franchise in both regions from four wealth centers in Singapore, Hong Kong, the United Arab Emirates and London, it said yesterday in a statement. The move is part of an ongoing review of the company’s strategy by chief executive officer Jane Fraser, who took over last month. “This positions us to capture the strong growth and attractive returns the wealth-management business offers through these important hubs,” Fraser said. Citigroup is to exit its consumer
‘IMPORTANT PARTNER’: The new guidelines aim to encourage US engagement with Taiwan, which reflects a deepening relationship, the US Department of State said The US Department of State on Friday issued new guidelines governing US officials’ interactions with their Taiwanese counterparts, a move welcomed by Taipei as turning a new page in bilateral relations. Shortly before leaving office, then-US secretary of state Mike Pompeo on Jan. 9 announced the cancelation of previous contact guidelines, which he said were “self-imposed restrictions” that attempted to appease the Chinese Communist Party regime in Beijing. However, the status of the guidelines has been unclear since US President Joe Biden entered the White House. Asked about the issue during a legislative session on Thursday, Minister of Foreign Affairs Joseph Wu
CONFIDENTIAL: The trip had not been made public until just before ex-senator Chris Dodd, and ex-state department officials Richard Armitage and James Steinberg arrived The government yesterday welcomed an “unofficial” delegation sent by US President Joe Biden, while another delegation led by US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry was headed to Shanghai. Biden’s first delegation to Taiwan is made up of former US senator Chris Dodd, and former US deputy secretaries of state Richard Armitage and James Steinberg. They are to stay in Taiwan until tomorrow. Their arrival, on a chartered flight, had been kept confidential until media reported the visit yesterday morning, after which the Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a short notice that they were expected to arrive at 2:40pm. The flight landed at
‘IDEAL FIT’: A report on Sunday said that the Canadian government threatened to pull its support and funding from the HFX if the award was given to the president The government would respect the decision of the organizer of the John McCain Prize for Leadership in Public Service on whether it plans to award a prize to President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said yesterday. The statement was issued after US Web site Politico reported a day earlier that the Canadian government had warned the Halifax International Security Forum (HFX) not to give the award to Tsai for fear of provoking Beijing. “The ministry believes that if the Halifax International Security Forum confers the prize upon President Tsai, it would be an affirmation and honor for both