Thursday, August 22, 2013

Tropical Storm Trami lashes Taiwan

Terra Daily via AFP: Tropical Storm Trami battered Taiwan with strong winds and torrential rains on Wednesday, forcing authorities to close offices and call off nearly 200 international flights.

The Central Weather Bureau said although the storm, 100 kilometres (62 miles) north-northeast of Taipei at 0930 GMT, was likely to miss the island, it would generate more heavy rainfall in the day ahead.

The bureau urged the public to be vigilant as the storm could even produce "cloudbursts" -- more than 100 mm of rain per hour -- in some areas. Persistent torrential rains could lead to landslides in mountainous areas and flooding, it warned.

The storm has dumped up to 400 mm (16 inches) of rain in some northern parts of the island since Tuesday, the bureau said, adding that the volume could surge to one metre (40 inches)....

Severe Tropical Storm Trami on August 18, 2013.  This image comes from NASA

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