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Old 03-10-2009, 03:18 PM   #14011
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hopefully it will be over soon. typhoon mela wont hit taiwan anymore
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Old 03-10-2009, 08:01 PM   #14012
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hopefully it will be over soon. typhoon mela wont hit taiwan anymore
Good luck to you. Hopefully your flight won't get delay. Going back to my hotel room now... As and when can feel strong gust of wind blowing...
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Old 04-10-2009, 12:06 AM   #14013
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Just back from Keelung today. The food there is definitely better than most of the night market stalls in Taipei. The best part is that the most food stalls there start operating in the afternoon.

Must try: Lu rou fan (Braised meat rice)
Yi kou Chang (One mouth sausage)
Peanut Shaved Ice.
Crab Soup

A Must go place for food lovers
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Old 04-10-2009, 01:32 AM   #14014
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naxchua: you is it carrying a army backpack?
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Old 04-10-2009, 06:45 AM   #14015
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wtf got earthquake in hualien somemore... zzzz
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Old 04-10-2009, 04:16 PM   #14016
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naxchua: you is it carrying a army backpack?
Hahaha. Nope. That guy and his gf i also saw during boarding.
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Old 04-10-2009, 04:42 PM   #14017
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wtf got earthquake in hualien somemore... zzzz
Ya. 1 plus am i felt it.
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Old 04-10-2009, 06:11 PM   #14018
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going for a Taiwan 6N/7D trip this coming december second week.

going with tour.

package include shilin night market , some farm house place for cow and sheep and "sun and lake" location.

follow by bullet train and 101.

taoyuan etc also have.

1st time going

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hihi

may i know which travel agent u join?
going at 18 dec with ASA ard 1.1k+ by chinaair
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Old 05-10-2009, 12:43 AM   #14019
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dam raining all the way since i arrive.
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Old 05-10-2009, 01:48 AM   #14020
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was raining for the whole day .. went out the whole day with clothes and shoes wet .. tomorow going to be more rainy
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woke up to a rainy morning. haiz..
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woke up to a rainy morning. haiz..
How many days you going to stay in taiwan? I think today still can go underground malls...
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any update on the weather there??
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any update on the weather there??
Taipei whole day raining... Similar to our heavy rain but with sudden very strong gust of wind. Foldable umbrella won't be able to withstand the wind.
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CWB issues land warning for Parma

WIND-WIND SITUATION: Though many in areas hard hit by Morakot readily evacuated, a 92-year-old from Shenmu Village in Nantou County required hours of persuasion

By Loa Iok-sin and Flora Wang

STAFF REPORTERS, WITH AGENCIES
Monday, Oct 05, 2009, Page 1

Soldiers help evacuate nuns from Miaotung Temple in Baolai Village in Kaohsiung County as Typhoon Parma moves closer to Taiwan yesterday. Soldiers helped evacuate residents from risk zones in Laonong, Baolai, Sinfa, Singlong, Dajin and Jhungsing.
PHOTO: HUANG CHIH-YUAN, TAIPEI TIMES

The Central Weather Bureau (CWB) issued a land warning for Typhoon Parma in the Hengchun Peninsula yesterday and said the storm would bring strong winds and heavy rain as it made a slow approach north.

The weather system, with winds gusting up to 155kph, was 270km south of Oluanbi (鵝鑾鼻) as of 9:15pm, moving slowly in a north-northwesterly direction, the bureau said.

“The typhoon is forecast to move along the [northern] track until Monday night and then turn southwest,” CWB forecaster Hsiao Chia-sen (蕭家森) said. “In the next two to three days, the typhoon may move slowly and hover around the Bashi Channel.”

He urged residents of Hengchun Township (恆春) to take precautions against powerful winds and rains.

Residents in northern and eastern parts of Taiwan should also be on guard against heavy rains brought by the typhoon, he said.

Authorities suspended air and sea links with outlying islands yesterday and about 55 international flights were either canceled or delayed.

A puppet show performance praying for the protection of the gods continues in Tamsui, Taipei County, yesterday despite scattered rains and the looming Typhoon Parma. The Central Weather Bureau issued its first land warning for the storm yesterday.
PHOTO: LIN CHENG-KUNG, TAIPEI TIMES

The Directorate General of Highways was closely monitoring 60 highways, including roads leading to Alishan and the Southern Cross-Island Highway.

The roads would be closed if necessary, it said.

Following criticism of the government’s handling of Typhoon Morakot and its aftermath, authorities started evacuations in four central and southern counties on Saturday after the weather bureau said the typhoon could bring torrential rains and trigger landslides.

Evacuation from potentially hazardous areas — especially those devastated by Morakot — continued as strong winds and rain brought by the approaching typhoon began in parts of the country yesterday. Evacuation of more than 400 residents in Laiji Village (來吉) and Alishan Township (阿里山) in Chiayi County began early yesterday morning after the bureau issued the first land warning for Parma.

Laiji, as well as several other villages in the region, were completely cut off in August as all the roads leading to the mountainous village were damaged by mudslides triggered by rains brought by Morakot. The roads remained damaged for nearly a month and the villages relied on helicopters and manpower for food and other necessities.

Fearing a repeat scenario, residents in those parts of the country most devastated in August were more eager to evacuate this time, police and rescue workers said, adding that many had already left before evacuation orders were issued.

At press time, 440 Laiji villagers were staying in temples and army bases in Chiayi. The Chiayi County Government said it planned to evacuate 2,629 people and had set up 30 shelters across the country.

Meanwhile, the Kaohsiung County Government said it had evacuated more than 700 people from potentially hazardous areas including Liouguei (六龜), Taoyuan (桃源), Maolin (茂林), Jiasian (甲仙) and Namasiya townships.

People were also evacuated from Nantou, Pingtung and Taitung counties.

Although most people cooperated with evacuation orders, a 92-year-old woman in Shenmu Village (神木), Nantou County’s Sinyi Township (信義), initially refused to leave.

“I don’t want to leave, I’ve never left the village, it’s safe here,” the woman told the village chief and rescue workers when they visited her house and asked her to leave.

She only agreed after hours of persuasion by her children and grandchildren.

The Ministry of National Defense also deployed some 200 soldiers from elite units to remote villages while putting 35,000 on standby.

At a press conference held at the Central Emergency Operation Center yesterday, Premier Wu Den-yih (吳敦義) said he had told the Pingtung County Government to draw up measures to prevent people from surfing, fishing and watching the waves along the coast.

He said he had ordered the Water Resources Agency to cooperate with the Taitung and Pingtung county governments in dredging rivers in eastern Taiwan ahead of the typhoon.

Wu said President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) was very concerned about possible damage if the typhoon brought torrential rain.

The CWB dispatched 25 weather experts to assist local emergency operation centers, Wu said.

“If it turns out that the typhoon spares us, the entire country will have held a thorough [disaster prevention] drill,” Wu said.

“And if the typhoon does hit, we need to mitigate the damage it causes,” he said.

While the Taipei City Government has stockpiled sandbags for residents to keep floodwater from reaching their homes, Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌) said it was unlikely that the city would declare a typhoon day today because the rainfall in Taipei had not exceeded the city’s standard for closing workplaces and schools — 78mm per hour.

At press time, Pingtung County’s Hengchun, Checheng (車城), Manjhou (滿州), Fangshan (枋山), Shihzih (獅子) and Mutan (牡丹) townships, Taitung County’s Daren Township (達仁) were the only ones declaring today a typhoon day, canceling work and classes.

Wu also warned of possible mudslides in Hualien after a major earthquake off the coast of Hualien early yesterday morning.

While the bureau put the magnitude at 6.3 on the Richter scale, the US Geological Survey said it was 6.1, after first gauging it at 6.2.

The survey said the quake, which struck at 1:36am yesterday, was centered about 29km south of Hualien.

It was strong enough to wake some people in Taipei.

“We do not have reports of casualties or damage,” an official from the CWB said.

The bureau warned residents in coastal areas to be on the lookout for large waves, but did not issue a tsunami warning.

“Judging from the [mudslide] situations after the 921 Earthquake [on Sept. 29, 1999], earthquakes could induce more landslides,” Wu said.
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