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Warnings for Tropical Storm Meranti lifted but damages were made in southern Taiwan

Warnings for Tropical Storm Meranti lifted but damages were made in southern Taiwan

The Central Weather Bureau (CWB) lifted its warnings yesterday 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. yesterday, the center of Meranti was located 180km 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 yesterday for the southern and central regions of Taiwan as the outer bands of the typhoon were still affecting the island.
The southeastern county of Taitung, which was lashed by Meranti Thursday, was sunny yesterday 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 yesterday, 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.
The typhoon had brought heavy rains on Thursday that damaged roads, bridges and communications in southern and southeastern areas of the country.
Torrential rains and flooding triggered by the storm disrupted traffic on a section of highway in Kaohsiung County's Taoyuan Township and another linking Siaolin Village in Jiasian Township and Namasia Township in Kaohsiung County.
Although the rain stopped in Kaohsiung County yesterday morning, flooded rivers disrupted traffic on main bridges in Taoyuan and Namasia townships.
The Third District Maintenance Construction Office of the Directorate General of Highways said yesterday that it will repair the bridges as quickly as possible, with a target of reopening them by Sept. 15.
A bridge linking Kaohsiung County's Linyuan Township and Pingtung County's Sinyuan Township that was closed Thursday reopened to traffic yesterday.
In addition, a cargo ship named Winner No. 12 that was stranded near Kaohsiung Harbor was tugged into the harbor for repair yesterday. All 18 crew members were safe, according to the Kaohsiung Harbor Bureau.
The harbor resumed operations yesterday morning, the bureau added.


Updated : 2021-05-18 07:40 GMT+08:00