Hurricane, tropical storm or super typhoon? Here is what to know about Taiwan’s most dangerous weather systems
A typhoon is a storm of damaging proportions. Also known as hurricanes across the Atlantic Ocean, the most dangerous weather systems in the Asia-Pacific region are most likely to hit Taiwan from July to October.
But, what’s the difference between tropical depressions and super typhoons?
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).
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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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 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, but 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 in advance and use these as ice blocks.
Flights disrupted as Typhoon Chanthu approaches Taiwan
Taiwan issues land warning for Super Typhoon Chanthu
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Central Weather Bureau (CWB) at 5:30 p.m. on Friday (Sept. 10) evening issued a land warning for Super Typhoon Chanthu (璨樹), just 12 hours after it issued a sea warning at 5:30 a.m.
At 2 p.m., Typhoon Chanthu was about 530 kilometers south-southeast of Taiwan’s southernmost tip of Eluanbi, moving north-northwest at a speed of 17 kilometers per hour. It had a radius of 200 km and was packing maximum sustained winds of 208 kph and gusts of up to 262 kph, the CWB reported.
In its sea warning, the CWB announced the mega cyclone’s eye wall is approaching the Bashi Channel and posing a threat to the Bashi Channel, the waters off the coast of southeastern Taiwan, and the southern part of the Taiwan Strait. Because the weather bureau believes the storm is also increasingly likely to pose a threat to Taiwan’s land, it issued a land warning at 5:30 p.m. for Pingtung County and Taitung County.
Sea and land warning issued for Super Typhoon Chanthu. (CWB image)
The CWB predicts that as the typhoon closes in on Taiwan, its periphery will begin to impact the country Friday evening, bringing rain to eastern Taiwan. Rain and wind will intensify on Saturday (Sept. 11), when heavy rains are likely in eastern Taiwan, Keelung City, and the Hengchun Peninsula.
On Saturday, residents of all parts of Taiwan should take precautions against strong winds and torrential rains. The most intense areas of precipitation will likely be central and northern Taiwan, Yilan County, Hualien County, and mountainous areas, especially in northern and eastern Taiwan, where torrential rains are probable.
CWB forecasters are currently unable to determine the storm’s precise path over the weekend. However, CWB forecaster Hsu Chung-yi (徐仲毅) said waves will gradually increase in height in the Bashi Channel and waters off southeastern Taiwan.
He added there will be large waves off the coast of Keelung, eastern Taiwan (including Orchid Island and Green Island), the central and southern regions, the Hengchun Peninsula, Penghu, and Kinmen. Hsu warned people to exercise extreme caution near coastal areas.
Map of Typhoon Chanthu’s projected path. (CWB image)
Wind radii probability map for Chanthu and Conson. (CWB image)
Map of Typhoon Chanthu’s projected path. (JTWC image)
Map of Typhoon Chanthu’s projected path. (JMA image)