Central Emergency Operation Center for Typhoon Hagupit
Central Emergency Operation Center Asks All People to Stay Alert and Safe
The latest weather update indicates that typhoon Hagupit is travelling north northwest toward northwest at 17 to 20 km/h east of Hualien at sea. The typhoon is a possible threat at this point to northeastern and northern seas of Taiwan and expected to grow slightly stronger. The wind field analysis suggests that radius of storm is approximately 80 km and the maximum wind speed at center is close to 23 m/s with gusts up to 30 m/s. Swells have been spotted along the coast of eastern coasts (including Lanyu and Ludao), coasts around Keelung, southwest coasts, Hengchuen Peninsula, Penghu and Matsu. It is likely to see strong gusts up to level 9 tomorrow (Aug 3) at Keelung coasts, Ludao, Lanyu and Matsu. It is advised to stay safe by the sea; it is also the time of high tides and, therefore, flooding is a concern at coastal low lands.
Ministry of the Interior has established the Central Emergency Operation Center in response to Hagupit. Deputy commander Chen Wen-Long, Director General of National Fire Agency MOI, called for the third work meeting and intelligence briefing 21:00 August 2 2020. As the storm radius of level 7 wind of the typhoon is closing in on northeastern sea of Taiwan, it is possible to see a land warning very soon. All functional groups are instructed to stay alert and local governments to prepare for possible emergency scenarios before midnight. The following are some of the key points:
- For the resolutions of the previous meeting, all functional groups are urged to prepare for the typhoon as they were charged.
- As the typhoon approaches, the Central Weather Bureau and governments of all levels are instructed to keep a close eye on the wind and sea wave information. All citizens are urge to stay away from the coasts. Local government may establish no-go areas to keep people safe as necessary.
- It is expected to increasing rainfall throughout Taiwan due to the outer system of Hagupit. Still, Central Weather Bureau and governments of all levels are urged to keep all channels open for the public to access warning information and weather updates and advise people against going to the mountains and rivers and stay safe.
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)