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Typhoon Soudelor generates near record gusts in Taipei

Typhoon Soudelor generates near record gusts in Taipei

Taipei, Aug. 8 (CNA) The gusts generated by Typhoon Soudelor in Taipei were the second strongest in recorded history in Taiwan's capital, the Central Weather Bureau said Saturday. The Taipei weather station registered level 13 winds on the Beaufort Scale, representing wind speeds of 133 to 149 kilometers per hour, at 5:25 a.m., the bureau said. That was second only to level 14 winds (representing wind speeds of 150 kph to 166 kph) recorded at the Taipei station in 1996, when Typhoon Herb pounded Taiwan, it said. Typhoon Soudelor brought gusty winds and dumped torrential rains on Taiwan as it swept through the island, causing widespread damage. As of 3 p.m. Saturday, a total of 2,079 toppled trees were reported in Taipei, the city government said. The number only included reported cases and the actual number could be higher and may be the most ever seen in the city, it said. Due to adverse weather conditions, bus services in the city were suspended for most of Saturday, but the city government said services were scheduled to resume at 6 p.m., except in mountainous areas. Meanwhile, eight cultural and arts facilities in Taipei will be closed Sunday because of safety concerns and will re-open after fallen trees and debris in those areas are cleared, city officials said. The facilities to be closed include the Grass Mountain Chateau (????), the Bopiliao (???) historic area, and the Songshan Cultural and Creative Park (??????), officials said. Soudelor made landfall in the early hours of Saturday and exited into the Taiwan Strait before noon, bringing destructive winds and dumping heavy rain on Taiwan as it swept through the island. The bureau's land warning for Soudelor is still in effect, as the bureau continues to warn of gusty winds and torrential rains around Taiwan and on the outlying islands of Penghu, Matsu and Kinmen. (By Chen Wei-ting, Huang Li-yun and Elaine Hou)


Updated : 2021-09-21 17:25 GMT+08:00