The upcoming Typhoon Lupit is gradually approaching the southern sea area of Taiwan Strait
The Central Emergency Operation Center urged governments at all levels to reinforce prevention and preparation operations against disaster before nighttime
The latest weather data indicates that Typhoon Lupit is currently located in the sea area about 480 kilometers west of Cape Eluanbi at 20:00 today (8/4). It is drafting from northeast to north with a speed of 13 to 9 kilometers per hour. The maximum wind speed nearby the center is 18 meters per second, with an instantaneous maximum wind speed of 25 meters per second, and the level-seven storm radius of the typhoon is about 60 kilometers. The upcoming Typhoon Lupit is gradually approaching the southern sea area of Taiwan Strait and it is posing a threat to the sea area in the Taiwan Strait and Dongsha Island. Strong winds equivalent to level 8 to 10 are expected in the western and northeastern (including Orchid Island and Green Island) region, as well as in the open space areas of Hengchun Peninsula, Penghu, Kinmen, and Matsuyi today and tomorrow. The general public is reminded to be aware of their safety and pay extra caution for any activities near the sea.
The vice chairperson of the Council of Agriculture, Huang Jin-cheng, who also serves as the deputy commander of the Central Emergency Operation Center, held the second working meeting and information research and judgment meeting for Typhoon Lupit at 21:00 today (8/4). The deputy commander instructed all participated authorities (units) to strengthen the following preparation and preventive measures:
1. The Central Weather Bureau is requested to continue to monitor and pay close attention to the typhoon and dynamic conditions of severe weather. Furthermore, short-duration heavy rain is expected to occur with the impact of the typhoon and its peripheral circulation. The Central Weather Bureau and governments at all levels should adopt diverse channels to provide the general public with various alert messages and weather status overviews.
2. All functional groups are requested to practically implement all instructions from the previous working meeting and report. Moreover, taking into consideration of the current pandemic status and the demands of merchant ships and fishing boats for docking in the ports due to long waves, the traffic and engineering group and the agriculture, forestry, fishing, and animal husbandry group are requested to implement the border control and epidemic prevention measures by the “Central Epidemic Command Center for Severe and Special Infectious Pneumonia”.
3. According to the weather data by the Central Weather Bureau, it is expected to have accumulated rainfall of up to 700 mm in the southern mountainous regions with the impact of the typhoon and its peripheral circulation. The accumulated rainfall in the central and southern plane areas may also reach the level of torrential rain. With the recent abundant rainfall brought by southwest airflow and the continuous accumulation of recent rainfall, it is a severe challenge to the flood control system in the plane areas and the slope areas in the mountainous regions. The relevant functional groups are requested to implement the following key instructions:
(1) At present, some reservoirs are still discharging water. The hydropower lifeline group is requested to continue to monitor the rainfall to implement the collaborative flood control operations for the upstream reservoirs and downstream rivers. The relevant precautionary measures should be adopted to remind the public in the downstream to be aware.
(2) Based on the accumulated rainfall, three areas including Liugui in Kaohsiung, Taoyuan, and Pingtung Laiyi may reach the red alert warning of earthflow. The agriculture, forestry, fishery and animal husbandry group is requested to proactively provide local governments with the alert information, conduct evacuation and the resettlement group is requested to supervise the local government to implement the relevant pandemic prevention guidelines according to the evacuation and resettlement operations. In addition, the support and dispatch group is also requested to actively assist the local governments and dispatch the national army to carry out the evacuation operation if necessary.
4. The recent heavy rain had caused damage to river embankments, mountain roads, and agricultural roads. The agriculture, forestry, fishery and animal husbandry group, the hydropower lifeline group, and the traffic and engineering group are requested to supervise the authority and the local governments, to reconstruct the engineering facilities, take reinforce warning control and related preventive measures, as well as the plan of emergency repair personnel and equipment in the areas with potential disaster.
For the latest updates on the typhoon and disaster status, please visit the Central Emergency Operation Center’s disaster information website (www.emic.gov.tw/) and the Facebook of the National Fire Agency of the Ministry of the Interior (www.facebook.com/NFA999/) (this article is written by: Leng Chia-Yu, Tel: 02-81966100).