Provincial Highway 27 Blocked After Torrential Rain 中南部持續大雨 高雄山區.中彰豪雨特報

The Central Weather Bureau has issued heavy rain advisories or above for a number of municipalities. In addition, weather experts say a tropical depression or tropical storm could be headed Taiwan's way after Aug. 

Torrential rain has been pouring down on Kaohsiung all morning, blasting mountainous areas in particular. The Sunping village road section of Provincial Highway 27 is currently blocked due to rockslides caused by the rain. The Central Weather Bureau says torrential rain is expected throughout the day in central and southern Taiwan.

Hsieh Pei-yun, Forecaster, Central Weather Bureau:"A medium low-pressure current will be traveling through the northern part of the Taiwan Strait today. We expect continuous rain in central and southern Taiwan throughout the day."

A strong southwestern wind combined with a low-pressure belt will bring torrential rain to central and southern Taiwan. The Central Weather Bureau has issued an extremely heavy rain advisory or torrential rain advisory for Chiayi County and Yunlin County; a heavy rain advisory or extremely heavy rain advisory for mountainous parts of Kaohsiung, Taichung City, Changhua County, Chiayi City, Pingtung County; and a heavy rain advisory for Miaoli, all areas south of Tainan, and Nantou. Meanwhile, a monsoon trough near Taiwan could spell even more unstable weather, including the formation of new tropical depressions and storms.

Chia Hsin-hsing, Weather Expert:"We are watching to see if the low-pressure system currently off the coast of Hong Kong will develop into a tropical storm after Aug. 4 or 5. There is a chance it will move towards the Taiwan Strait and bring more rain after the 6th or 7th."

The bureau says Taiwan will be in a low-pressure environment for the next week. While rainfall will likely decrease as the southwestern wind is not directly over Taiwan, the development of the low-pressure system also means more rain. The Water Resources Agency has issued flood warnings for five municipalities: Taichung City, Changhua County, Yunlin County, Chiayi City, and Chiayi County.





中央氣象局預報員 謝佩芸表示:「今天在台灣海峽北部這邊,有一個比較中型的低壓環流,那造成中部地區這邊,有一些輻合的效應,使中部地區的降雨,是比較持續的。從早上到現在累積雨量,也已經相當明顯了。」


氣象專家 賈新興表示:「8月4號、5號之後,那個在香港外海,有沒有可能會形成一個熱帶性的低氣壓,或者是接近,相當於輕度颱風的熱帶系統,可能會有機會,朝向台灣海峽方面移動。6號、7號之後的降雨,可能也會有比較大的這個影響。」