Tropical Storm Khanun batters Philippines, brings heavy rain to Taiwan

Extremely heavy rain advisory in place for Taipei, New Taipei, Keelung City, and Yilan County

Central Weather Bureau map of precipitation over Taiwan.

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- Tropical Storm Khanun (referred to as Odette in the Philippines), the 20th tropical storm of the year, is currently centered over Calanasan, Apayao on the island of Luzon in the Philippines packing maximum sustained winds of 75 kph and gusts of up to 120 kph, according to the Philippine national weather bureau, which is leading to predictions of heavy rain in parts of the Philippines and Taiwan.

According to Taiwan's Central Weather Bureau (CWB), Tropical Storm Khanun is 17.9 degrees north and 120.5 degrees east, which is approximately 410 kilometers south-southeast of Taiwan's southeastern-most tip Eluanbi, and was moving west-southwest at a speed of 16 kph.

The combination of northeasterly winds and the outer bands of Tropical Storm Khanun moving from the south is predicted by the CWB to generate heavy rain in northern and eastern Taiwan. Yilan is expected to see extremely torrential rain, while Taipei, New Taipei City, and Keelung City will see extremely heavy rain. The CWB is predicting heavy rain in Taoyuan City, Hualien County, Taitung County, Ludao, and Orchid Island (Lanyu). 

Datong Township in Yilan County has already seen 423 mm of rain the past 24 hours, while Taipei's Nangang District and New Taipei's Xizhi District saw 278.5 mm and 237.5 mm, respectively. 

The heavy rain advisories in these areas will remain in effect through Saturday night (Oct. 14). A strong wind advisory is also in effect for all of Taiwan and will also remain in place through Saturday evening. 


Northern and eastern Taiwan under extremly heavy rain advisory. (CWB map)

In the Philippines, a Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal No. 2 has been issued in the areas of Apayao, Babuyan group of islands, Batanes, Cagayan, and Ilocos Norte, reported the Philippine Star. According to the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration, PAGASA, "Estimated rainfall amount is from moderate to heavy within the 400 km diameter of the Tropical Storm."