Taiwan & Typhoon

Update:

I woke up to high wind chatter outside my apartment. This weekend of 5/6 OCtober 13, Taipei sees Typhoon Fitow passing by, at least it is hit by the typhoon tails. The typhoon moves north of Taiwan, passes Japan’s southern island chains before it hits China.

 

Typhoon Fitow as at 6 October 13. 5pm. The body of typhoon has engulfed Taipei and I observed strong winds and medium rain from morning till evening.
Typhoon Fitow as at 6 October 13. 5pm. The body of typhoon has engulfed Taipei and I observed strong winds and medium rain from morning till evening.

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If Qatar has its usual guest of dust storm, then Taiwan has its Typhoon. A week before I arrived a typhoon hit Taiwan; halted business to stand still and abandoned my teleconference with project office in Taipei. Few weeks before, a powerful typhoon, named as Soulik, also hit Taiwan and China, caused a widespread damage.

Just last week end, another typhoon, called Usagi, lashed Northern Philippines before it came to Southern Taiwan and then battered Hong Kong and mainland China. One of the strongest tropical cyclones, Usagi’s maximum sustained wind was 139mph, close to a definition of super typhoon of 150mph. This last typhoon didn’t affect Taipei much except high winds on Saturday afternoon and thunderstorms due to tails of typhoon.

Taiwan’s Central Weather Bureau will normally issue typhoon warning; strongly advises residents to stay indoor, close the school, and office and cancel public transportation.

Taipei is prone to typhoons from May to October, though the highest concentrations are in August and September.

As I will be spending my time here at least until typhoon period is over; my inner voice wants me to see the actual typhoon although I pray to Allah that it won’t cause any harm.

Trail and predicted track of Typhoon Usagi that hit Philippines, Taiwan and China last week
Trail and predicted track of Typhoon Usagi that hit Philippines, Taiwan and China last week
Double typhoons seen on this satellite image. On the left is Typhoon Usagi that has just passed Taiwan and about to land to China. On the right is Typhoon Pabuk that fortunately made a curve path to north avoiding Taiwan
Double typhoons seen on this satellite image. On the left is Typhoon Usagi that has just passed Taiwan and about to land to China. On the right is Typhoon Pabuk that fortunately made a curve path to north avoiding Taiwan
Typhoon aftermath in Taipei last July (Source: USA Today, Wally Santana, AP - shown without permission for illustration purpose)
Typhoon aftermath in Taipei last July (Source: USA Today, Wally Santana, AP – shown without permission for illustration purpose)
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