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Tropical Storm brings torrential rain: CWB

Eastern and Southern Taiwan saw torrential rains brought by Tropical Storm Hagibis yesterday, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said.

Although the storm spared Taiwan, the circulating currents on its rim brought downpours to Kaohsiung, Hengchun in Pingtung County, Taitung County, Orchid Island and Green Island off the coast of Eastern Taiwan, reported the bureau.

As of 8 p.m. yesterday, 123 mm of rain had fallen on Green Island in Taitung County. Kaohsiung and Orchid Island recorded 103 mm and 82.5 mm of rainfall in the same period, respectively.

Unstable weather is predicted across the entire island in the upcoming days, with showers and thunderstorms expected in Hualian County, Taitung County and counties in Central and Southern Taiwan.

Meanwhile, scattered showers and thunderstorms were forecast for Northern Taiwan.

The CWB lifted sea warnings for Hagibis after it landed on Shantou, Guangdong province in Southern China Sunday, but called for caution against torrential rains expected in the southern part of the island tomorrow.

The weather bureau further said Hagibis is expected to gradually dissipate.

Still, officials said, rains caused by the storm are likely to accumulate into heavy showers or thunderstorms in Central and Southern Taiwan, as well as the southeastern and eastern parts of the island.

Ships operating on the seas to the north, east and southeast of Taiwan were also alerted to be prepared for wind gusts in the aftermath of the tropical storm.

The military said earlier Sunday that it has opened an emergency center and mobilized thousands of servicemen for disaster relief operations as Tropical Storm Hagibis approaches and threatens to dump heavy rains on Taiwan.

More than 17,308 servicemen have been placed on standby to provide any necessary relief and rescue assistance, and 13 airplanes, 121 boats and thousands of military vehicles as well as equipment are ready to be deployed, the Ministry of National Defense said.

"The military will continue to closely follow the situation and strengthen relief preparations to help local governments in providing timely relief assistance," the ministry said.

The seventh storm formed during the 2014 Pacific typhoon season, Hagibis is packing maximum sustained winds of 72 kilometers per hour, with gusts reaching 101 kph, the bureau said.

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