Cautions are still advised even though Atsani is moving away
The latest weather update indicates that Atsani has lost slightly its strength in the last 3 hours and the circle of storm has shrunk. Its center is currently located at sea west northwest of Erluanbi but part of the circle of storm is still on land over southern Taiwan, posing a threat to Kaohsiung and Tainan. Therefore, Kaohsiung and Tainan are advised to stay alerted and prepare for strong winds and rainfall. It is expected that Atsani will continue to lose its strength and its circle of storm shrinks.
The information of Central Weather Bureau suggests that Atsani is leaving today (Nov 7) but uncertainty still exists in its projected path as the tropical storm is subject to the northeastern monsoon. In addition, strong gusts and rough seas are expected along the coasts. Commander Hsu Kuo-yung, Minister of the Interior, called for the seventh work report and information assessment meeting at 07:00, instructing for the following preparations:
1.The winds and rainfall are calming down as the tropical storm is moving away. All efforts should be diverted to assistance in recovery.
2.Some highways were blocked by fallen debris in Taitung and Pingtung last night due to the rainfall and the road maintenance service is working hard to remove the debris. The traffic information should be spread out via as many means as possible and the safety of every maintenance worker is of the utmost importance.
3.The weather update suggests that the winds and rainfall are calming down as Atsani is going away. Still, it is expected to see strong gusts, rough seas, and long waves along the coasts. Therefore, safety is advised for all activities by the sea and people are urged to stay tuned on weather updates for safety. Considering the weekend, citizens are advised against activities by river or sea or any water activity.
4.Both the land and sea warnings are still standing. Therefore, everyone should continue to stay tuned on typhoon information and prepare for it as if it were right at your doorstep, as to minimize possible damages.
An advice from Ministry of the Interior: Atsani is going away but the roads are still slippery, there are malfunctioning traffic lights or downed trees, or fallen shop signs are laying around, all of which are threats to safety. Therefore, all citizens should stay vigilant while performing recovery works such as disaster relief, repair and cleaning. Use caution and stay safe.
For the latest information of tropical storm Atsani and disasters caused, please visit the disaster information website at www.emic.gov.tw/ and the fan page of National Fire Agency, MOI at www.facebook.com/NFA999/. (Edited by Leng, Chia-Yu, Tel: 02-81966100)