Rainfall Bringing Relief to Drought-Stricken Taiwan

By by AccuWeather.com Staff Writer Carly Porter.
May 26, 2010, 4:52:50 AM EDT

Drought-stricken southern Taiwan was relieved by torrential rains on Sunday, and more late week rain is in the forecast.

AccuWeather.com meteorologists said a low pressure system will develop over the South China Sea just southeast of Hong Kong on Wednesday, and then lift northeastward Thursday and Friday.


It is possible that this system could gradually transform into a tropical storm over the warm waters of the South China Sea.

According to AccuWeather.com meteorologists, it currently looks as though the system will be too progressive for tropical development.

The storm will bring heavy rainfall to Taiwan Thursday into Friday with flooding and mudslides likely, especially in the south.

Southern Taiwan was in the midst of drought before the most recent rains, which partially relieved the water shortage.

Close to 12 inches of rain fell on Chiayi and Kaohsiung through Sunday.

The heavy rains caused mudslides, closing several highways, and trapped hundreds in Nantou County.

(contributions made by AccuWeather.com Senior Forecaster Jason Nicholls.)

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