Mekkhala keeps growing in strength; western Taiwan to expect strong rainfall
The latest weather update indicates that the mild typhoon Mekkhala is located 21.6° N and 118.5° E as of 19:00 tonight (Aug 10), approximately 250 km west of Erluanbi at sea traveling north at 24 km/h. The impacts on Taiwan are the strongest from tonight (Aug 10) to tomorrow morning (Aug 11). The outer system of the typhoon is expected to bring heavy rainfall in Taoyuan City, Hsinchu County, Changhua County and Yunlin County, and there is a probability to see local downpour in greater Taipei area, south of Hsinchu, Hualien, Taitung and the mountains in Yilan. Beware of lightning strikes and strong gusts. There are possible landslides and falling rocks in the mountains and flooding is a serious concern at lowlands.
Ministry of the Interior has established the Central Emergency Operation Center in response to Mekkhala. The commander of the Center and Minister of the Interior Hsu, Kuo-yung called for the second work meeting on 20:00 Aug 10 2020, asking all functional groups to prepare in advance and urging governments of all levels to stay alert and prepare for the typhoon strike. The following are some of the key points:
- The preparation for typhoon response should be a continuous effort, including early information of cancelled flights and ferries, assistance to remote island governments in getting all visitors settle in and keeping watch on the safety of vessels at sea.
- The analysis of Central Weather Bureau indicates that the storm circle of Mekkhala is going to make landfall on Penghu on 23:00 later tonight and Kinmen on 04:00 in the morning. It is expected to see increasing winds and rain. Therefore, all departments involved shall oversee the investigation and reporting of any possible damage.
- The southwestern coats of Taiwan, including Pingtung, Kaohsiung, Tainan, Chiayi and Yunlin, are subject to the outer system of Mekkhala, which will bring violent rainfall in short period of time. Therefore, be prepared for flooding at lowlands and areas prone to flooding.
- The Central Weather Bureau has issued the swell warning for all coasts of Taiwan (except for Yilan and Hualien). All citizens are warned against any activity by the sea.
For the latest information of Typhoon Mekkhala 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)