Northern Taiwan bears brunt of Chanthu’s drenching Sunday: CWB

Areas in northern Taiwan saw the heaviest rainfall from Typhoon Chanthu on Sunday, as it swept north along the country's east coast, according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).

The Greater Taipei area had taken the heaviest soaking as of 5 p.m. Sunday, with Pinglin District in New Taipei recording around 180 millimeters of rainfall since midnight Saturday, CWB data showed.

As of 5 p.m. Sunday, Typhoon Chanthu was located about 120 kilometers northeast of Taipei, moving north at a speed of 26 km per hour, according to the CWB. The typhoon was packing maximum sustained winds of 162 km per hour, with gusts of up to 198 km per hour, the data showed.

Around noon, the CWB issued its latest rain warning for the storm, which it said would most heavily affect coastal areas in northern Taiwan, Yilan County in the northeast, and mountainous regions in Taipei, New Taipei, Taoyuan, Hsinchu, Miaoli, Taichung and Nantou, as it moved north.

The CWB alert warned of extremely heavy rainfall in those areas, meaning they could expect 200 millimeters over 24 hours or 100 millimeters in a three-hour period.

For most other parts of the country, heavy rainfall of over 80 millimeters in 24 hours, or more than 40 millimeters in one hour, can be expected, the CWB warned.

The CWB also cautioned against strong wind gusts, lightening strikes, mudslides and rockfalls in mountainous areas of the country.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel