Northern, eastern Taiwan to be drenched in heavy or torrential rain

CWB issued a heavy to torrential rain advisory for five cities and counties in northern and eastern Taiwan Thursday

Satellite image by Central Weather Bureau.

Taipei, Oct. 12 -- The Central Weather Bureau (CWB) issued a heavy to torrential rain advisory for five cities and counties in northern and eastern Taiwan Thursday due to strengthening northeasterly winds and the peripheral effects of a tropical depression east of the Philippines.

Extremely heavy or torrential rain can be expected in Yilan County, where accumulated rainfall will likely exceed 350 millimeters within 24 hours, the bureau said.

As of 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Yilan's Niudou Village had already accumulated nearly 330 mm over the previous 24 hours.

Taipei, New Taipei, Keelung City and Hualien County will experience heavy rain, meaning accumulated rainfall exceeding 80 mm within 24 hours, according to the bureau.

The Hengchun peninsula in Pingtung can also expect precipitation, the bureau said, adding that people in those areas should be alert to sudden downpours, thunder and gusty winds.

It also warned of possible landslides and falling rocks in mountainous areas, as well as potential flooding in low-lying areas.

The tropical depression over waters east of the Philippines is likely to be upgraded to a tropical storm later in the day, which is expected to bring heavy or extremely heavy rain to Taiwan Friday and Saturday, particularly in eastern and northern parts of the country, the bureau forecast.

The rain will ease Sunday due to weakening northeasterly winds and the departure of the tropical depression or tropical storm, according to the bureau.