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Extreme torrential rain warning issued for Taipei
Central News Agency
2014-05-21 02:16 PM
Taipei, May 21 (CNA) An extreme torrential rain warning was issued Wednesday for the Greater Taipei area as a weather front enveloped the capital and its outskirts. As of 11:20 a.m., Greater Taipei had seen 341 millimeters of rainfall over 24 hours, according to the Central Weather Bureau.

Taipei's Zhongzheng District saw 317 mm over that same period, while the mountains of Yangmingshan recorded 172 mm of rainfall in 10 hours alone, prompting the city government to raise the alert level.

Across Taiwan, over 200 mm of rain was recorded in southern and eastern districts of New Taipei, as well in the northern city of Taoyuan, on the slopes of Alishan in central Taiwan, and in the mountainous Taoyuan District of Kaohsiung in the south. The weather bureau forecast torrential rain across Hsinchu in the northwest to Taichung in central Taiwan, and extremely heavy rain south of neighboring Changhua. Heavy rain was expected in mountainous areas of eastern Taiwan. According to the bureau's definitions, extremely torrential rain refers to a precipitation of more than 350 mm in a day, while torrential rain is more than 200 mm, extremely heavy rain is 130 mm or more, and heavy rain is over 50 mm.

(By Lin Chung-sen, Angela Tsai and Maubo Chang)

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