Central Emergency Operation Center for Typhoon Hagupit
The Central Emergency Operation Center prepares for response efforts for the incoming typhoon
Typhoon Hagupit has just taken shape. Ministry of the Interior established the Central Emergency Operation Center on 9:00 a.m. Aug 2 2020 and all branches of central and local government are gathered for the response efforts.
The Central Weather Bureau issued the sea typhoon alarm for Hagupit 5:30 a.m. this morning. The data of the Bureau shows that the center of Hagupit is at 22.5° N and 125.2° E as of 8:00 a.m., which is 450 km out at sea east of Erluanbi. The typhoon is travelling northwest towards north northwest at 17 km/h. The Bureau is keeping a close eye on the typhoon and possible violent weathers.
According to the Bureau, Hagupit is at the lower limit of a mild typhoon in terms of strength. The atmospheric conditions and the ocean are in favor of typhoon development. It is expected to see the increase of its strength and expansion of radius of maximum winds. The latest wind field analysis indicates that the average radius of Hagupit is 80km with the radius at 100km for its eastern half and 60km for its western half. Hagupit is located to the east of a grand depression belt and southwest of Pacific high. The air flows are leading the typhoon gradually toward north northwest. Hagupit is most likely to be closet to Taiwan between late tonight and daytime tomorrow (Aug 3). Swells have been spotted along the coast of eastern, southwester Taiwan, coasts around Keelung, Penghu and Matsu. The winds and waves are expected to grow stronger tomorrow at the seas around Taiwan and all people are advised against any activity by the sea.
The Central Emergency Operation Center urge all citizens to prepare for the typhoon and pandemic as Hagupit approaches, stay on high alert and put typhoon preparation in place. The deputy commander of the Center called for the first work meeting and intelligence briefing 10:00 a.m. this morning (Aug 2) and asked all functional groups to urge all local government maximize their efforts in terms of urban drainage dredging, hydraulic facility preparation, disaster prevention for construction projects in progress, control measures for disaster-prone roads and bridges and typhoon preparation for vessels at sea. The following key works are stressed:
1. The Central Weather Bureau should keep monitoring the typhoon and possible violent weathers. Also, the outer system of Hagupit is expected to bring heavy rainfall to Hualien, Taitung and Hengchuen Peninsula in Pintung. The unstable atmosphere could make the mountains throughout Taiwan prone to violent convection in the afternoon. The Bureau and all local governments should provide the access for the public to access as much alarm information and weather reports as possible and all people are urged to stay safe.
2. Hagupit comes on a summer weekend. The high tides and the typhoon’s outer system suggest that the north coast of Keelung, southwest coasts (including Xiaoliuchiu), eastern coasts (including Lanyu and Ludao), Penghu and Matsu are susceptible to swells. All scenery management areas under Ministry of Transportation and Communications, national parks under Ministry of the Interior, Ocean Affairs Council, Coast Guard Administration and local governments are instructed to advise all citizens against any activity at coasts, at sea and in mountains.
3. Considering the threats to drivers as the coastal high way along the eastern coasts is susceptible to swells, Ministry of Transportation and Communications is instructed to have control efforts in place and develop alternative routes, and put out words about the cancelled flights and ferries due to the incoming typhoon, hoping to give the public a heads-up about possible scenarios.
4. The violent seas can be treacherous to vessels sailing and at berth. Ministry of Transportation and Communications and Council of Agriculture are instructed to oversee the safety of sailing vessels and anchoring of vessels at berth. The Council of Agriculture is asked to oversee the sheltering of fishing workers and report back to be Center.
For the latest information of Typhoon Hagupit 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)