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Storm may dampen Moon Festival in northern Taiwan: CWB

Storm may dampen Moon Festival in northern Taiwan: CWB

Taipei, Sept. 24 (CNA) People in northern Taiwan may not be able to fully enjoy the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival, which falls on Sept. 27, if severe tropical storm Dujuan (??) maintains its current track, the Central Weather Bureau said Thursday. As of Thursday evening, the eye of the storm was 1,200 kilometers east southeast of Taiwan, moving westward at a speed of six kilometers per hour, the CWB said. Dujuan was carrying maximum sustained winds of 90 kph, with gusts of up to 119 kph, the weather bureau said. While many people were eagerly anticipating the biggest full moon of the year on the nights of Sept. 27 and 28 and the magnificent sight of surging tides, the CWB warned of possible storm surges near seashores and flooding along riverbanks. On its current path, the storm is forecast to pass closest to Taiwan on Sept. 28, bringing torrential rain, which may spoil the Moon Festival celebrations, according to CWB forecasters. Moon Festival, which is celebrated in some Asian countries in autumn, is always at risk of being disrupted by storms, since the typhoon season in the West Pacific usually lasts from June to early November. CWB data shows that over the past 25 years, Taiwan has been hit twice by a typhoon on Moon Festival day -- Typhoon Nat on Sept. 22, 1991 and Typhoon Sinlaku on Sept. 14, 2008. Over that period, the weather bureau has issued sea warnings for storms ahead of the Moon Festival in 1991, 1996, 2004, 2008, 2009 and 2013. (By W.T. Chen and Lillian Lin)


Updated : 2021-04-15 16:53 GMT+08:00