Typhoon Mitag Brings Strong Wind, Rain to Offshore Islands|"米塔"直撲綠島.蘭嶼 清晨起刮逾11級強陣風
Typhoon Mitag hit Taiwan's offshore Green Island and Lanyu Township on the morning of Sept. 30, bringing strong winds and heavy rain on both of the islands. The Taitung County government originally announced a work and school suspension only for Green Island and Lanyu. However, as the wind continues to intensity, the county government has decided to allow the heads of township and village in Taitung to decide on their own.
Large waves up to five meters in height were observed by the Central Weather Bureau off the coast of Taitung County. As the wind intensified, the waves hit the shore one after another and water broke embankments and flooded into the Fugang Harbor. Meanwhile, fishermen were busy securing their vessels.
Green Island saw wind gusts of over 10 on the Beaufort scale by Monday morning. Many local shop owners rushed to close the doors. The wind in Lanyu Township is even stronger, reaching level 13 in the morning. Both areas had announced a work and school suspension on September 30.
The wind got stronger and stronger throughout the day. But so far, it's still okay and we've been keeping an eye on the situation.
As Typhoon Mitag approached the waters east of Taiwan, the intensity of the wind off Taiwan's east coast reached level 10 of the Beaufort scale. The Taitung County government authorized all townships in the county to decide on their own whether school and work should be suspended. Three local townships, including Changbin, Donghe and Chenggong Township have announced that all schools and work is suspended after 10 am. However, the announcement came a little bit too late for some parents.
It's really troublesome, see how strong the wind is.
(The announcement) came too late, it's really windy and rainy right now.
After all, we have to fall in line with the central government. And we also need to make our decisions based the data on how strong the wind and rain is from the Central Weather Bureau.
Taitung County saw interval rains, strong winds, as well as strong waves along the coast. The officials of the Coast Guard Administration has called on the public not to stay near the coast on a typhoon day.
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