Hagupit keeps growing in strength Central Emergency Operation Center urges all citizens to stay alert
Central Emergency Operation Center urges all citizens to stay alert
The latest weather update shows that typhoon Hagupit is located east of Yilan and moving at 22 km/h northwestward towards north northwestwards. Its storm radius has just arrived at the northeastern sea of Taiwan, posing a threat to the northeastern and northern seas of Taiwan. Swells have been spotted along the coast of eastern coasts (including Lanyu and Ludao), coasts around Keelung, southwest coasts, Hengchuen Peninsula, Penghu and Matsu. Today (Aug 3), coasts north of Taoyuan, northern coasts of Keelung, Ludao, Lanyu and Matsu are warned to expect gusts up to level 9. Safety is imperative for all activities by the sea.
The outer system of Hagupit will bring bursts of rainfall in short periods of time. The forecast today (Aug 3) suggests local torrential rain or heavy downpour in the mountains of Taichung and chance of local torrential rain north of Taoyuan, Miaoli, Taichung, south of Chiayi and mountains of Nantou. It happens to be time of high tides and, therefore, preparation for flooding is advised for people at the low lands in northern and northeastern Taiwan along the coasts.
Only the sea warning is issued for Hagupit as of now. Ministry of the Interior has established the central emergency operation center in response to the approaching typhoon. Deputy commander Chen Wen-Long, Director General of National Fire Agency MOI, called for the fourth work meeting and intelligence briefing 08:00 a.m. Aug 3 2020. 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:
1. For the resolutions of the previous meeting, all functional groups are urged to prepare for the typhoon as they were charged, while keeping an eye on the pandemic.
2. The Central Weather Bureau is instructed to keep watching the typhoon and make sure that the latest information is forwarded to local governments. Ministry of the Interior is asked to oversee the establishment of emergency operation centers at the local level within its warning areas when the time comes.
3. Ministry of the Interior is asked to ask all local government to mobilize disaster information reporting systems of civil affairs, police and fire departments and stay on top of disaster information, casualties in particular, for rapid response to disaster damages.
There were several drowning accidents at sea and rivers yesterday. Ministry of the Interior would like to exploit this opportunity to warn people against hiking, river tracing, tide watching, water activities or fishing at no-go areas during the typhoon. Stay updated for the typhoon information and remember, it is the safest to stay home.
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)