Land warnings issued as Typhoon Fitow approaches
The China Post news staff and CNATAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Central Weather Bureau (CWB) issued sea and land warnings for Typhoon Fitow as the storm moved closer to Northern Taiwan.
October 6, 2013, 12:08 am TWN
Fitow was 550 kilometers east of Taipei as of 2 p.m., moving west-northwest at 18 kilometers per hour and packing winds of 38 meters per second at its center, the CWB said.
The typhoon is expected to reach 240 kilometers northeast of the capital city at 2 p.m. today, the CWB added.
Fitow may not make landfall, but the typhoon will still swipe through Northern Taiwan, the CWB said.
The land warning covers the Greater Taipei area, Keelung and Yilan, but the CWB also warned other parts of Taiwan, including Taoyuan, Hsinchu, Miaoli, Taichung and Nantou, to brace for torrential rains.
The CWB predicted that the highest rainfalls to be brought by Fitow will be recorded in the mountainous areas in Hsinchu and Miaoli, at 300mm to 600mm.
In other mountain areas, Greater Taipei, Taoyuan and Yilan will see rainfall as high as 300mm to 500mm and Nantou and Taichung will see 200mm to 400mm, the CWB said.
In non-mountain areas in Northern and Central Taiwan, precipitations are expected to reach 150mm to 300mm, it said.
The CWB is also watching Tropical Storm Danas, which was more than 2,000 kilometers east of Taiwan as of yesterday afternoon, moving west-northwest at 24 kilometers per hour.
The CWB, which had yet to issue any warning for the tropical storm, predicted that Danas would head toward Japan.
Wu Teh-jung, a former CWB chief forecaster, pointed out the two storm systems were too far apart from each other to create the so-called Fujiwhara effect.
Danas is unlikely to be able to catch up with Fitow to form more devastating twin-storm interactions, said Wu, now an associated professor at National Central University's Department of Atmospheric Sciences.
He noted that although Danas was moving faster than Fitow, the latter will have already made landfall in mainland China on Monday and the latter will have yet to reach Japan's Ryukyu Islands.
Local governments across Taiwan yesterday announced that schools and offices will open as normal today.
A total of 26 international flights have been delayed or canceled as of Saturday evening, as Typhoon Fitow hovers near Taiwan's major international airport at the north end of the island.
The Civil Aeronautics Administration said that one flight has been rescheduled while the other 25 have been canceled between midnight and 5 p.m. due to the storm.
No domestic flights were affected, officials said.
China Airlines, the country's largest carrier, said it will operate an extra flight to Okinawa in Japan Sunday to help transport passengers. Three of the carrier's departing flights were cancelled Saturday.
As of 5 p.m., the typhoon was centered some 500 kilometers east of Taipei, according to the Central Weather Bureau's latest bulletin.