Heavy flooding shifts to central, southern Taiwan

Extremely heavy rain advisory shifted to 7 counties and cities in south, central Taiwan

Flooding in Taichung's Xitun District.

Flooding in Taichung's Xitun District. (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- The Central Weather Bureau (CWB) observed that as rainfall in northern Taiwan is starting to diminish this afternoon (May 20), it has started to increase rapidly in southern and central Taiwan, leading it to issue a heavy rain advisory for 15 counties and cities.

The CWB has issued an extremely heavy rain advisory for Yunlin County, Chiayi County, Chiayi County, Tainan City, Kaohsiung City, and Pingtung County. A heavy rain advisory has been issued for Yilan County, Hsinchu County, Miaoli County, Taichung City, Hualien County, Taitung County, Kinmen County, and Penghu County.

Between 2:20 p.m. to 3:20 p.m., the CWB reports that rainfall in Alishan Mountain in Chiayi and Tainan's Baihe District exceeded 70 mm. Tainan's Dongshan and Houbi districts recorded 60 mm of rain, while Chiayi's Shuishang and Dapu townships registered 50 mm of rain.

Flooding in Taichung. (CNA photo)

The CWB reminds residents in these areas to beware of lightning strikes, strong wind gusts, flooding in low-lying areas, heavy downpours, landslides, and rockfalls in mountainous areas.

CWB heavy rain advisories for this afternoon.