Taiwan prepares for storm Trami

Agence France-Presse
The Central Weather Bureau said the storm, 710 kilometers east-southeast of Taipei at 0600 GMT Tuesday, could bring heavy rain even if it did not make landfall

TRAMI. NASA's Aqua satellite passed over Tropical Storm Trami on Aug. 18 it looked at the storm in an infrared light and saw coldest cloud top temperatures and strong thunderstorms (purple) around the center and in a band of thunderstorms south of the center. Photo by NASA JPL/Ed Olsen

TAIPEI, Taiwan – Taiwan evacuated more than 1,000 tourists from an island and deployed troops Tuesday, August 20, in preparation for the possible arrival of Tropical Storm Trami (PAGASA codename Maring).

The Central Weather Bureau said the storm, 710 kilometers (440 miles) east-southeast of Taipei at 0600 GMT, could bring heavy rain even if it did not make landfall.

The storm, with gusts up to 126 km/h, was moving west north-west at a speed of 22 km/h. Officials at the bureau said the impact may be felt mostly from Wednesday night through Thursday morning (August 21-22).

In reaction to the warning, ferries operating between the southeastern city of Taitung and Green Island evacuated 1,700 tourists.

Television images showed hundreds of fishing boats packing Suao, a fishing port in the northeast county of Ilan which is likely to bear the brunt of the storm.

Nearby, the military deployed 300 soldiers and four amphibious rescue vehicles.

In the capital Taipei, residents of some low-lying areas piled up sandbags.

Last month Typhoon Soulik (PAGASA codename Huaning) battered Taiwan with torrential rain and powerful winds, leaving two people dead and at least 100 injured.

Roofs were ripped from homes, debris and fallen trees littered the streets and some areas were submerged by floods. – Rappler.com