Tropical storm Bavi is moving toward northeastern seas
Central emergency operation center urges the public to prepare for heavy rainfall
The Central Weather Bureau issued the sea typhoon warning for tropical storm Bavi 10:30 this morning (Aug 22) and the central emergency operation center was established as well. The data of the Bureau shows that the center of Bavi was east of Hualien at sea as of 14:00. The storm circle is now at sea east of Taiwan, posing threats to the eastern and northern seas of Taiwan. The storm itself and its outer system are expected to bring strong winds and waves to the seas around Taiwan. Open spaces along the coasts of norther and eastern Taiwan, including Lanyu and Ludao, and Hengchuen Peninsula are warned to expect gusts up to level 8 to 10. There is a probability of swells along the coasts of northern and eastern Taiwan, including Lanyu and Ludao. All vessels sailing at sea or at berth are advised to stay on high alert. All citizens are advised against any activity by the sea.
The deputy commander of the Center, Director General Chen, Wn-lung of National Fire Agency, called for the first work meeting and intelligence briefing 15:00 this afternoon and asked all functional groups to urge all local government to stay alert and prepare for the incoming typhoon. The following key points were highlighted in the meeting since people go out for the weekend:
- All citizens are advised to stay tuned on the information of typhoon possible violent weathers. Stay safe if you are going to spend the weekend in mountains or by rivers. All are advised against any activity by and on the sea.
- The circle of this typhoon is now at sea east of Taiwan. The warning issued covers the seas east and north of Taiwan, including Ludao and Lanyu. All government departments and the public are advised to stay tuned on information of tides and swells and stay alert. Coast controls should be in place if necessary.
- The eastern and southern parts of Taiwan are now subject to the outer system of Bavi. For areas of high flooding potential, the agencies involved shall make sure that the flood control, drainage and water pumping systems are working properly, and pumps, pumping stations and flood control supplies shall be ready for flexible deployment depending on the actual rainfall measurements.
- Large waves could be a threat to vessels that are sailing or at berth and, therefore, all vessels within the warning coverage are advised to stay safe. Transportation, such as flights and ferries, may be cancelled due to the weathers; therefore, make sure the information is spread out through all possible accesses.
For the latest information of tropical storm Bavi and damages 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)