Typhoon Megi to Make Landfall Tuesday

The fourth tropical storm to affect Taiwan this year is due to make landfall tomorrow somewhere between Taidong and Hualien, and is expected to bring heavy rainfall over the whole island.

Typhoon Megi is the 17th named tropical storm to form in the northwest Pacific this year. Current minimum surface pressure is 955 HPA with sustained winds of 40m/s and maximum wind gusts of 50m/s. The storm is moving north-northwest at 22 kph.

Megi was yesterday classed as a category 2 storm, but has since intensified and is expected to be at least a category 3 storm by the time it makes landfall.

Ferry services to outlying islands including Green Island, Orchid Island, the Penghu Islands and Matsu were canceled yesterday.

Parts of Taiwan are still recovering after being hit by a powerful typhoon 2 weeks ago. Clean up efforts with the assistance of the ROC Army is still ongoing in mountain communities in Taidong and Pingtung Counties that were hit by landslides caused by heavy rains generated by typhoon Meranti. Troops in Taitung County are switching from disaster-recovery mode to disaster-prevention mode as the typhoon bears down on the region.

The Taoyuan County government disaster prevention bureau has announced that residents can pick up sandbags from 5:00pm this evening after the Central Weather Bureau issued a land-warning for Typhoon Maggie at 2:30pm. Taoyuan has also announced cancellation of this evening’s aboriginal music festival event.

In Hualien County, the government has announced stop-class/stop-work orders for Xiulin Township, Fushi Village, Heping Village and surrounding communities from 5:00pm.

soldiers clear mud and rocks
Soldiers are still working to clear mud and rocks from a village affected by landslides generated by Typhoon Meranti two weeks ago, as another typhoon “Megi” bears down on the embattled east-coast county of Taitung September 26, 2016. Photo: Zhihui Township
soldiers prepare sandbags in Yuli Township Hualien
Soldiers prepare sandbags around Yuli Township in the south of Hualien County close to where the eye of Typhoon Megi is expected to make landfall. Photo: Yuli Town Hall
sand blows into the air from the Beinan River riverbed in Taitung.
Strong wind-gusts blow sand into the air, affecting visibility in Taitung’s Rift Valley ahead of Typhoon Megi which is bearing down on Taiwan September 26, 2016. Photo: UDN

To check if class/work in your area has been cancelled due to the typhoon, check the link below:
Directorate-General of Personnel Administration,Executive Yuan 105/09/26(Monday) Work and Class Status during Natural Disasters

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