Tropical storm Bavi is moving east; sea warning expected to be lifted Central emergency operation center urges the public to stay alert and safe
The latest weather update indicates that tropical storm Bavi has grown slightly in strength in the last 3 hours. At 20:00, its center is located at sea east of Taipei and moving north northeast toward northeast. The circle of storm is now over the eastern and northern seas of Taiwan, posing threats to these two parts of the waters. There is a probability of local downpour or torrential rain in Pingtung County from tonight (Aug 22) to tomorrow (Aug 23). Also, local downpour is possible along the northern coasts of Keelung, Kaohsiung and the hills in the greater Taipei area. Attention is advised for sudden rise of water level, lightning strikes and strong gusts. People at lowlands are advised to prepare for flooding. As of now, there was a person reported missing.
The deputy commander of the Center, Director General Chen, Wen-lung of National Fire Agency, called for the second work meeting and intelligence briefing 21:00 this evening. The storm has grown in size but is now moving east. Having said that, it is still a threat to the seas east and north of Taiwan and, therefore, all citizens are advised to stay alert. The following key points were highlighted in the meeting:
- An unfortunate event occurred this afternoon as a person was reported missing near the Qingshui Cliff, Hualien while a group of tourists stopped by and admired the views. The public are advised to stay tuned on information of tides and swells and stay alert since there is a possibility to see swells along the northern and eastern coasts of Taiwan, including Lanyu and Ludao. Coast controls should be in place if necessary.
- One of the key points is the rainfall in southwestern Taiwan from tonight to early morning tomorrow due to the storm’s outer system. All branches of government are instructed to collect information and warning data while reporting any damage found.
- The Central Weather Bureau is expected to lift the sea warning for Bavi at 23:30. On the lifting, the central emergency operation center will be downgraded to its normal operations but still be in contact with local governments for anything that may occur.
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)