Hurricane, tropical storm or super typhoon? Here is what to know about Taiwan’s most dangerous storms
A typhoon is a storm of damaging proportions. Also known as hurricanes across the Atlantic Ocean, the Asia-Pacific’s most dangerous storms are most likely to hit Taiwan from July to October.
But, what’s the difference between tropical depressions and a super typhoon?
There are four types of destructive storms in the Asia-Pacific region which, unlike earthquakes, are somewhat predictable.
The tropical depressions – wind speeds of 29 mph (46 kph) or less; the tropical storms – wind speeds between 29 mph (46 kph) and 55.5 mph (89 kph); and, the typhoons, also known as hurricanes – wind speeds between 55.5 mph (89 kph) and 114.5 mph (183 kph).
Typhoons and hurricanes are ranked from categories 1 to 4 in the Atlantic. Super Typhoons, which are equivalent to a category 5 storm, have wind speeds greater than 114.5 mph (183 kph).
In addition to bringing damaging winds, typhoons can drop incredible amounts of rain. Owing to the mountains running the length of the island, these storms can sometimes drop rain in excess months of regular precipitations.
颱風來了該怎麼辦？｜What should you do in case of a typhoon?
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The China Post也會將氣象局的播報資訊及警訊附在臉書粉絲團上。
The China Post will also broadcast the advisories and warnings as they are updated by the Central Weather Bureau on its Facebook page.
Flooding and landslides can occur with very little warning. If an advisory is issued for your area, please take immediate action.
應該準備什麼？｜What should you prepare?
In case of a typhoon, you should also prepare a disaster supplies kit for home, including a first aid kit and essential medications.
Disaster preparedness officials recommend that you have enough food, water, batteries and other emergency supplies to last at least 1 day.
In case of water cuts, think of rushing to a convenience store next door to buy some drinkable water and some instant noodles.
Remember to charge up electronics, secure extra water and batteries, and fill up your car ahead of the weekend. You can also run a bathtub full of water for a large supply of emergency water, in case the water supply is interrupted.
Typhoons are dangerous not only because they can cause bodily injury and damage to property; strong winds can also knock down power lines and disrupt the water supply.
One way to keep the contents of your fridge cool in a power blackout is to freeze PET bottles of water and use these as ice blocks.
Farmers Rush to Harvest Crops Before Typhoon Chanthu Arrives 強颱璨樹來勢洶洶 農漁民忙防颱搶收 ｜ 公視新聞網 PNN
Worrying farmers harvest produces beforehand, fearing the typhoon will have the price and output immensely impacted.
Presenter: As the typhoon is approaching, Yunlin County farmers and fishermen rushed to harvest crops before the wind and rain arrive.
The optimal period to harvest Thai pomelos hasn’t yet arrived, but the threat of Typhoon Chanthu spurred Douliu pomelo farmers into action. They rushed to harvest the fruit before the strong winds arrived so that one year of hard work wouldn’t be wasted.
Yunlin Pomelo Farmer:" The typhoon is coming, and we’re going around once more to see what we can harvest. We don’t want to waste any of our hard work during the past year. We’re harvesting everything we can. The rest will depend on the weather.”
Yunlin saw several straight days of heavy rain at the beginning of August, inflicting heavy losses on vegetable farmers. This also caused the vegetable price to increase to the highest level so far this year. One month later, as farmers were preparing to harvest their new crops, a typhoon approached. Vegetable farmers also headed into the fields.
Yunlin Vegetable Farmer:”It’s not yet 5:30 a.m., and we’re already in the fields. If prices can remain stable, then us farmers will be happy.”
Meanwhile, Yunlin’s aquaculture farmers headed into the sea to transport baskets of oysters back to land. They worried that the typhoon’s wind and waves would carry away the oyster trestles in the open sea.
Yunlin Oyster Farmer:”Oysters get thin when typhoons come. If they’re thin, then the price will go up. (Did you collect more because of the Mid-Autumn Festival?) Yes, I collected more, but if the typhoon comes, the oysters will become thin. The current price is NT$180 per catty.”
Oyster farmers say the output this year is less compared to previous years due to heavy rain. The current source price is about NT$160 to NT$180 per catty, which is a good level. However, farmers still rushed to gather oysters to meet Mid-Autumn Festival demand and avert losses.
Land warning issued for Super Typhoon Chanthu