TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The Yilan County government has confirmed that it will cancel classed due to the heavy impact of torrential rain caused by the combination of Tropical Storm Khanun and northeasterly winds.
Over the past two days, Yilan County has been continually soaked with extremely heavy rain, with accumulation in Datung Township surpassing torrential rain status, leading to instability in the soil. Some mountainous areas in Yilan County have reported falling stones and the sudden collapsing of trees.
Rock slides in Su-ao Highway
(Photo courtesy of Fourth District Maintenance Construction Office, Directorate General of Highways)
In order to keep both students and teachers safe, the Yilan County government this afternoon has announced that classes at six elementary and junior high schools will be canceled, including Datung Junior High (大同國中), Peng-lai Elementary (蓬萊國小) in Su-ao, Chin-yang Elementary (金洋國小) in Nan-ao, Han-hsi Elementary (寒溪國小) in Datung Township, Ssu-chi Elementary (四季國小) in Mao-an, and Nan-ao Senior High (南澳高中).
Additionally, Chinese Culture University (中國文化大學) in Taipei City also issued an emergency notice that classes would be suspended due to the strong winds and rains at Yangming Mountain.
According to Central Weather Bureau meteorology expert, Wu Te-jung (吳德榮), although the 20th tropical storm of the year, Khanun, will not directly hit Taiwan but the torrential rain brought by the combination of its periphery and northeasterly winds might impact the country as strongly as a typical typhoon.
The heavy rain advisories 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.