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CWB's forecasts criticized after storm fails to meet expectations

The China post news staff--Many cities and counties suspended school and work yesterday as Tropical Storm Talim approached, but rains in some parts of the island were not as heavy as forecast, sparking criticism for the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).

Some local governments in Central and Southern Taiwan already made their decisions on Tuesday, while Hsinchu in the north and Taitung in the east followed suit yesterday morning, suspending school and work beginning in the afternoon.

But the storm scare turned out to be not as bad as expected, with many cities and counties seeing little rain or wind.

Many residents who enjoyed a "typhoon holiday" said it was not necessary.

Some others questioned the criteria for such holidays, noting that they did not have a single day of class and work closures last week when there were torrential rains.

In Taichung, there was little wind or rain in the morning, but Lin Yu-pei, the personnel director of the city, said the decision to suspend work school was made according to the central government's guidelines.

"If there's a mistake, the CWB should take the blame," Lin was cited by the United Evening News as saying.

In Yunlin in southern Taiwan, there was only intermittent rain yesterday morning.

Hsu Lung-chi, head of Yunlin's personnel department, said the CWB raised the rain forecast for the region Tuesday night, prompting the county government to announce a suspension of school and work.

The CWB said it is difficult to predict the volume of rainfall.

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