Three Typhoons At Once: Watch Out Japan

Three typhoons have formed in the northwestern Pacific Ocean and are all located near Japan. Two of the tropical storms have north to north-western trajectories and are expected to make landfall on Honshu, the largest of the Japanese islands. A third cyclone is tracking south-west on a path parallel to the coast.

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Typhoon Passes South of Taiwan: Waterspout Appears in Taitung County

The whole of Taiwan is under the influence of Typhoon Nida this morning, with heavy rain warnings in place for Hualian, Taitung, Pingtung, and Kaohsiung Counties. The highest rainfall recorded today is in Pingtung’s Dawu Mountain where 275mm has fallen in the last 24 hours, including 48.5mm between 7:00am and 8:00am. Authorities have urged people to stay away from the beaches and shoreline as large waves are expected to pound the coast. Ferry services to the island of Xiao Liuqiu

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Typhoon Nepartak Wreaks Havoc in Taitung

Taitung (Taidong) County, Taiwan, was the touchdown point for Typhoon Nepartak in the early hours of this morning, July 8, 2016. Taiwan awoke to scenes of destruction as the strongest typhoon to hit the island since 1955 made landfall slightly to the south of Taitung City. Cars and trucks were flipped over, and streets were blocked by collapsed awnings, signs and debris. Roofs were torn off buildings and windows imploded, leaving homes, convenience stores, and other businesses exposed to the

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Taiwan Braces for Super-Typhoon

Taiwan is now bracing for a direct hit by a category 5 cyclone after the first named tropical storm of the season intensified to category 4 as it moved over warm waters. Windspeeds of 195kph with gusts of up to 240kph are being reported. Forecasters are predicting further intensification to category 5 over the next 24 hours. Headed for #Taiwan. Going hunting for a super #typhoon. Taiwan ain't easy chase turf, but here goes. #NEPARTAK pic.twitter.com/k4uBNB4Ebd — Josh Morgerman (@iCyclone)

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Typhoon Intensifies: Taiwan Prepares

Tropical storm Nepartak intensified into a moderate level typhoon over the last 24 hours and tracked closer to Taiwan. The Harbors Bureau announced a stoppage of ferry services on the east coast starting Wednesday July 6, when services will be limited to ferrying tourists on Green Island and Orchid Island back to Taiwan followed, by a full stoppage Thursday and Friday July 7 & 8. The first sea warnings are expected tomorrow. On Taiwan’s west coast, oyster farmers still recuperating

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First Typhoon Forms in the Western Pacific: Record Broken

A tropical depression near Guam is expected to intensify to typhoon strength. Nepartak is the first named tropical storm of 2016 after a record spell of 201 days since the last typhoon left the region December 15, 2015. The previous record for typhoon-free days stood at 198, and was reached in 1973 and again in 1998. 0000UTC 03 July 2016 Center Location 8.9N 145.2E Movement ENE 15km/hr Minimum Pressure 998 hpa Maximum Wind Speed 18 m/s Gust 25 m/s Radius of 15m/s

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Typhoon-free Days Record Set to be Broken

Today, June 29, marks 198 days since the last typhoon left the north-west Pacific. The last typhoon weakened, or left the region December 15, 2015. The last time the north-west Pacific saw 198 days without a typhoon was 1998, and before that, 1973. With no tropical depressions currently forming in the region, experts predict the record may surpass 200 days. From today, every day without a typhoon will be an extension of the record.

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Tourists Rescued After Flash-Flood in Wulai District

Two groups of tourists called emergency services after becoming trapped by floodwaters caused by afternoon thunderstorms in the Wulai District of New Taipei City on Sunday afternoon, June 26. One group was rescued after firefighters and police deployed a ladder into a steep gorge. Another group of 20 people were trapped on a sandbar, and are not considered to be in immediate danger at the time of reporting.

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Express Train Derails in Hualian: Carriages Tipped Over

A train derailed in Hualian County near Ruisui Township at around 3PM this afternoon, Wednesday, June 22. Early reports say two people were injured. Expecting a large number of injuries due to the large number of passengers and the severity of the accident, fire-fighters and a large number of ambulances were dispatched to the scene. The number 307 Tz Chiang class express train derailed at 2:49PM, causing one carriage to fall on its side and two others lean over. Although

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Plum Rain Pummels Northern Taiwan

Heavy, persistent rain in Taiwan’s north has caused flooding in Hsinchu and Taoyuan Counties, leading to road closures and train delays. Taiwan Rail’s western line has been reduced to single track traffic due to flooding at Hukou. At Taoyuan International Airport water leaks and a five minute power outage caused minor inconveniences for travelers. The power outage was caused by an overload switch being triggered when water pumps were turned on to drain floodwater. Locals call the seasonal summer monsoon

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Wet Weather Causes Floods, Landslides, Traffic Accidents

Heavy rains caused flooding in Taiwan’s south along with landslides, while wet roads contributed to a spate of accidents across the island Monday, June 13. The Council of Agriculture Soil Conservation Service issued a red alert for 85 landslide-prone areas and a yellow alert for 252 others. Evacuation of residents in affected areas in Kaohsiung began last night and as of this morning up to 1900 residents have been relocated to safer areas. In Taichung city, the municipal government prepared

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