Taipei, July 22 (CNA) The Central Weather Bureau (CWB) on Tuesday warned the public of extremely heavy to extremely torrential rain over the next two days as Typhoon Matmo headed toward Taiwan. CWB forecast local torrential rain or extremely torrential rain for the mountain areas in Yilan, Hualien, Taitung and counties north of Taichung from Tuesday morning through Wednesday. The other parts of Yilan, Hualien and Taitung counties could see extremely heavy to torrential rain. The CWB warned the residents of mountainous areas of possible landslide, mudslide and flash floods. All administrative regions except Tainan should prepare for torrential to extremely torrential rain, the weather bureau said. According to the CWB, extremely heavy rain is defined as an accumulation of up to 130 millimeters of precipitation over a period of 24 hours. Torrential rain indicates an accumulation of 200 millimeters and extremely torrential rain 350 millimeters. The moutnain areas of Yilan could have up to 1,000 millimeters of rain before the storm blows over, according to the latest CWB forecast.
The warnings of heavy downpours came after a land warning was issued at 2:30 a.m. for the year's first typhoon to impact Taiwan directly. As of 7 a.m., the center of Matmo was located some 400 kilometers to the southeast of the southernmost tip of Taiwan and moving in a northwesterly direction at a speed of 23 kilometers per hour. It had been expected to make landfall in eastern Taiwan's Yilan or Hualien County. (By Wang Shu-fen and Jay Chen)