Mekkhala shrouding Penghu and Kinmen, Ministry of the Interior appeals to the public on high alert
The latest weather update indicates that the mild typhoon Mekkhala is located approximately 60 km southwest of Kinmen at sea as of 19:00 tonight (Aug 10) and traveling north northwest at 24 km/h. its storm circle is now over Penghu and Kinmen, posing a threat to these places. The typhoon itself and its outer system have brough winds and rainfall to seas around Taiwan. Strong gusts up to Level 10 or 11 have been detected in Penghu and Kinmen is warned to expect Level 11 or even 12 gusts today (Aug 11). Therefore, all citizens are advised against any activity by sea. There is a probability of Level 8 through 10 gusts south of Taichung, Hengchuan Peninsula, north coasts of Keelung, open areas along the northeast coasts, Matsu, Lanya and Ludao.
The Central Emergency Operation Center of Ministry of the Interior is still on Level 1 establishment in response to Mekkhala. The commander of the Center and Minister of the Interior Hsu, Kuo-yung called for the third work meeting on 08:00 Aug 11, 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.
- Level 10 and 11 gusts have been detected in Penghu and Kinmen is warned to expect Level 11 or even 12 gusts. The weather forecast suggests that Kinmen is likely to clear of the typhoon 14:00 this afternoon (Aug 11). Local governments are asked to keep the Center up to date for damage control. The winds and waves are still strong at sea around Taiwan. All citizens are warned against any activity by or on the waters.
- The forecast of Central Weather Bureau indicates that the outer system of Mekkhala will probably bring heavy rainfall or even torrential downpour in southwester and southeaster Taiwan. All citizens are warned for falling rocks on roads in the mountains and flooding at lowlands where it is prone to flooding.
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)