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Warnings for Tropical Storm Meranti lifted

Warnings for Tropical Storm Meranti lifted

Taipei, Sept. 10 (CNA) The Central Weather Bureau (CWB) lifted its warnings Friday for Tropical Storm Meranti as the storm headed toward China, but the bureau cautioned residents in central and southern Taiwan to be on the alert for possible heavy rain.
As of 11 a.m. Friday, the center of Meranti was located 180 kilometers north of Kinmen. It was moving northward at a speed of 20kph and it was expected to gradually lose strength, the CWB said.
However, the CWB issued a heavy rain warning Friday for the southern and central regions of Taiwan as the outer bands of the typhoon were still affecting the island.
Residents in mountainous and low-lying areas in the central and southern areas of the country should be on the alert for sudden rain showers, landslides and flooding, the CWB said.
The southeastern county of Taitung, which was lashed by Meranti Thursday, was sunny Friday morning. Road traffic had resumed and most of the approximately 100 aboriginal residents in the county who had been evacuated had returned home.
The South Cross-Island Highway was scheduled to reopen later Friday, the Directorate General of Highways said.
In related news, vegetable and fruit prices in Kaohsiung City remained steady, but supply and quality were lower than before the approach of the storm, according to market sources in the southern city.
(By Chen Shun-hsien and Y.L. Kao)




Updated : 2021-02-28 21:52 GMT+08:00