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#1 Postby Guest » Sat Aug 21, 2004 8:37 pm

Nogaps now has aere heading straight for china, brushing southern taiwan. It looks to be a near impact with Hong Kong if Nogaps hold, because if Aere movies 15 miles south itll hit them
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Taiwan Issues Sea Warning for Aere

#2 Postby Cyclone Runner » Mon Aug 23, 2004 1:55 am

Typhoon Aere is approaching Japan's Sakishima Islands, which just week bore the brunt of Tropical Storm Megi, and then it is moving on to Taiwan, which was hit by Typhoon Mindulle last month. Not a good season for the Pacific, and it is still early.

JTWC in their last warning downgraded Aere to a Tropical Storm, but forecasted quick restrengthening to a Typhoon again. In any case, the latest satellite certainly has it looking like at least a minimal Typhoon, if not a bit stronger.

Taiwan Issues Sea Warning as Typhoon Aere Approaches Island

Aug. 23 (Bloomberg) -- Taiwan issued a sea and land alert for Typhoon Aere, which is forecast to brush the island's north, where the capital Taipei is located, before moving on to China.

The typhoon, with wind gusts of up to 155 kilometers (96 miles) an hour, was about 320 kilometers east of Taipei at 5 a.m. local time, Taiwan's Central Weather Bureau said. The storm is moving northwest at 17 kilometers an hour and expected to make first landfall at Japan's Isigaki Island, about 280 kilometers east of Taipei, in 24 hours, the report said.

Last month, Typhoon Mindulle killed 29 people in Taiwan and caused NT$9.7 billion ($284 million) of crop damage, according to the Ministry of Economic Affairs.


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Taiwan Issues Typhoon Warning for Typhoon Aere

#3 Postby Cyclone Runner » Mon Aug 23, 2004 6:32 pm

Typhoon AERE has just passed near Hirakubo Point of Ishigaki Island. The maximum gust of 50m/s was recorded at Miyako Island.

Taiwan Issues Typhoon Warning, Markets to Close

Mon Aug 23, 2004 12:06 PM ET

TAIPEI, Taiwan (Reuters) - Taiwan issued a typhoon warning, predicting possible flash floods and landslides, and said financial markets, schools and businesses in the capital would be closed Tuesday as a result.

Typhoon Aere was gaining strength as it approached Taiwan and was expected to bring torrential rain to the island's northeast, the Taipei city government announced late Monday.

Among institutions to be shut would be the stock exchange, foreign exchange and government departments.

"The typhoon is likely to bring torrential rain and people in the mountainous regions should guard against flash floods and landslides," said a forecaster at the Central Weather Bureau.

Typhoon Aere is packing maximum sustained winds of 80 miles per hour and gusts of up to 100 miles per hour, the bureau said.

At 10 a.m. EDT, Aere was 224 miles southeast of Taipei and moving northwest at 7.5 mph.

In addition to Taipei, the northeastern regions of Keelung, Taipei county, Taoyuan county and Ilan county will be shut for business Tuesday.

But the rest of the island, including Hsinchu, where Taiwan's premier semiconductor foundries are based, will be open, officials said.

The military said it had delayed the final exercise of its annual joint-force war games, originally scheduled for Wednesday, because of the storm.

Last month, heavy downpours triggered by Typhoon Mindulle killed at least 22 people in central and southern Taiwan with another 14 people missing and feared dead. Agricultural damage was estimated at $135 million.

In 2001, one of Taiwan's deadliest years for storms, Typhoon Toraji killed 200 people. A few months later, Typhoon Nari caused Taipei's worst flooding on record and killed 100 people.

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#4 Postby PurdueWx80 » Mon Aug 23, 2004 7:19 pm

You can go to the Central Weather Bureau's site and see a radar image of Aere approaching. This doesn't work on all browsers and the radar image is displayed in Flash. Go to: http://www.cwb.gov.tw/V4e/index.htm then click on Radar (and satellite too). The eyewall appears to be organizing, so I have a feeling the storm could intensify rapidly as it approaches the island. Also, the outflow is great, especially to the east where Chaba is helping to ventilate it.
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#5 Postby Cyclone Runner » Mon Aug 23, 2004 7:30 pm

PurdueWx80 wrote:You can go to the Central Weather Bureau's site and see a radar image of Aere approaching. This doesn't work on all browsers and the radar image is displayed in Flash. Go to: http://www.cwb.gov.tw/V4e/index.htm then click on Radar (and satellite too). The eyewall appears to be organizing, so I have a feeling the storm could intensify rapidly as it approaches the island. Also, the outflow is great, especially to the east where Chaba is helping to ventilate it.


Thanks PurdueWx80

I was trying to view it with my usual "Safari Browser" and it wouldn't open, so I thought it was down. So after your note, I switched over to Explorer and it is working fine. I will get on to Safari and let them know as they are good about fixing things quickly. I alerted them about the Smithsonian Volcano pages, and they had it working the next day.
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#6 Postby PurdueWx80 » Mon Aug 23, 2004 7:32 pm

Cyclone Runner wrote:
PurdueWx80 wrote:You can go to the Central Weather Bureau's site and see a radar image of Aere approaching. This doesn't work on all browsers and the radar image is displayed in Flash. Go to: http://www.cwb.gov.tw/V4e/index.htm then click on Radar (and satellite too). The eyewall appears to be organizing, so I have a feeling the storm could intensify rapidly as it approaches the island. Also, the outflow is great, especially to the east where Chaba is helping to ventilate it.


Thanks PurdueWx80

I was trying to view it with my usual "Safari Browser" and it wouldn't open, so I thought it was down. So after your note, I switched over to Explorer and it is working fine. I will get on to Safari and let them know as they are good about fixing things quickly. I alerted them about the Smithsonian Volcano pages, and they had it working the next day.


HAHA, I use Safari as well! Apple is usually very good about fixing things, but for that I just open up Explorer. I only became intersted in Taiwanese weather after visiting there this summer right after Typhoon Mindulle.
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China and Taiwan Brace for Typhoon Aere, 2 Dead in Japan

#7 Postby Cyclone Runner » Tue Aug 24, 2004 2:42 am

TAIPEI (Reuters) - An approaching typhoon brought strong winds and heavy rains to Taiwan on Tuesday, disrupting air and sea traffic and forcing financial markets, schools and businesses in Taipei and nearby counties to close.

A Hong Kong fishing boat capsized outside the northern Harbour of Keelung on Monday as it tried to seek shelter, leaving one dead and three missing.

A plane carrying 100 passengers and crew skidded off a runway at Taipei's domestic airport but there were no injuries, said the Far Eastern Air Transport Corp. airline.

Japan's coast guard said a 7-year-old girl and her 12-year-old sister drowned off the island of Amami Oshima, east of Taiwan, on Monday as the typhoon churned up high waves.

With maximum winds of 80 miles per hour and gusts of up to 100 mph, Typhoon Aere was likely to begin a sweep over the island later on Tuesday.

It is the strongest storm to threaten Taipei this year and is expected to wreak havoc on the island's north and east for the next two days.

"The wind and waves are so large that it is dangerous for ships to enter," said an official at Keelung port, Taiwan's second largest.

The weather bureau warned of torrential rain, flash floods and landslides. Local television showed huge waves pounding the coast and sandbags piled high to bolster embankments.

At 2300 EDT, the eye of Aere was 155 miles east of Taipei and moving slowly west at 7 mph. The storm is expected to make landfall on the northeast coast and then head to southeastern China.

The outer reaches of the storm have already dumped nearly 20 inches of rain on some mountainous regions in Taiwan's north, prompting the government to warn people to be ready for evacuation.

Mudslides cut off roads in the central county of Nantao, which was still reeling from Typhoon Mindulle in July. That storm killed at least 22 people and left another 14 people missing.

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In China, people were evacuated from the southern coastal regions and ships were recalled to Harbour on Tuesday -- just two weeks after Typhoon Rananim killed at least 164 people.

"Torrential rain triggered by the coming typhoon may cause landslides and mud flows in mountainous areas," said Gao Shuanzhu, chief forecaster at China's Central Meteorological Station.

In Taipei, the stock exchange, foreign exchange market and government agencies were shut. City streets were mostly clear of traffic, with only 24-hour convenience stores open for business.

The Taipei government has not decided whether to allow businesses to reopen on Wednesday.

But the Hsinchu Science Park, home to the world's two largest contract microchip makers -- Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) and United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC) -- was open on Tuesday morning.

"There's only rain and no wind here. Operations are as normal today," said Richard Chung, a spokesman for TSMC, adding that the company had emergency water and electricity supplies in place.

Some domestic flights were canceled but international flights were mostly unaffected by Aere, named after the Marshall Islands' word for storm.

In 2001, one of Taiwan's deadliest years for storms, Typhoon Toraji killed 200 people. A few months later, Typhoon Nari caused Taipei's worst flooding on record and killed 100 people. (Additional reporting by Cher Gao in Beijing)

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Typhoon Aere Wreaks Havoc in Taiwan

#8 Postby Cyclone Runner » Tue Aug 24, 2004 8:03 am

Typhoon Aere is skirting the northern tip of Taiwan with 80kt winds gusting to 100 kts, but the effects on the water-logged nation are dramatic especially due to landslides. Here is a report from Asia-Pacific news.

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TAIPEI : Typhoon Aere pounded northern Taiwan on Tuesday, leaving at least seven people feared dead.

It has triggered landslides, disrupted traffic and caused heavy seas.

At least one fatality has been reported when a Hong Kong fishing boat flipped over.

Another fisherman is still in coma and three more are missing.

All six major cities and counties in northern Taiwan have been shut down by Typhoon Aere.

There have been winds of up to 165 kilometres per hour and sporadic downpours.

And this was only the outer rim of the storm, with the eye of the typhoon still more than 200 kilometres east of Taipei on Tuesday afternoon.

It is expected to make a landfall or pass by the northern tip of the island some time early Wednesday morning.

Taiwan's Central Weather Bureau says its west-north-westerly direction could pose the severest weather threat to the island in recent years.

This typhoon is unusually slow-moving, which means northern Taiwan could be enveloped in the storm for at least 36 hours from Tuesday morning.

"We fishermen are scared of the typhoon. We are really worried about it," said a fisherman from Keelung.

Taipei's domestic Songshan Airport was closed from 11am on Tuesday, with many international flights also delayed.

Trains are running at about 70 percent capacity while financial markets have suspended trade.

"Aere" means "storm" in the language spoken on the Marshall Islands.

In July 1996, Typhoon Herb churned through the northern part of Taiwan, which is the same path with Aere, claimed 61 lives and caused 22 missing people with severe floods in Taipei City. - CNA


Typhoon Aere lashes Taiwan

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TAIPEI, Taiwan -- A strong typhoon is lashing northern Taiwan, dumping heavy rain, grounding some flights and closing financial markets, schools and businesses across parts of the island.

Rough seas stirred up by Typhoon Aere have killed five fishermen in Taiwan, while two children drowned in Japan, officials said Tuesday.

Taipei's domestic airport shut down after a jetliner carrying 100 passengers slid off the runway while landing in strong wind and heavy rain, officials said. No one was injured.

Though the eye of the storm was forecast to pass over the capital, Aere changed course slightly and was churning just north of Taiwan's northern tip, the Central Weather Bureau said.

Packing winds of 130 kph (80 mph), Aere was 220 kilometers (136 miles) east of Taiwan on Tuesday afternoon, the bureau said. Gusts were hitting 165 kph (102 mph).

Aere was lumbering along at 11 kph (6 mph), the weather bureau said.

Though a direct hit was avoided, heavy rainfall added to fears of mudslides and flash flooding.

High waves capsized a Keelung-bound fishing boat from Hong Kong on Monday, the coast guard said.

Three fishermen from mainland China were washed away, while the captain, from Hong Kong, was rescued but died later in a hospital, officials said.

Another fishermen died off the southern coast Sunday when his small boat flipped over in rough seas whipped up by Aere, which means "storm" in the language of the Marshall Islands.

Japanese coast guard officials said Tuesday that high waves swept away two sisters, ages 12 and 7, who were swimming near Japan's southern Amami-Oshima islands, The Associated Press reported. Their bodies were recovered late Monday, the coast guard said.

Flights to Southeast Asia were still operating, officials at Taipei's international airport said, but some flights to East Asia were grounded.

In Taipei, the stock exchange, foreign exchange market and government agencies were closed on Tuesday and the city government was yet to decide whether to allow businesses to reopen on Wednesday.

Slow moving storms can cause havoc in Taiwan as they saturate unstable land on the mountainous and densely populated island.

Part of Taiwan is still reeling from Typhoon Mindulle, which killed at least 22 people last month. A further 14 are missing and feared dead.

Three years ago, one of Taiwan's deadliest years for storms, Typhoon Toraji killed 200 people. A few months later, Typhoon Nari caused Taipei's worst flooding on record and left 100 people dead.

While Aere was churning towards Taiwan on Tuesday, a more powerful system, Typhoon Chaba, skipped past Guam and curved northwards towards Japan's Okinawa islands.

Chaba was packing sustained winds of 150 knots (277 km per hour) on Tuesday, after it passed about 85 miles (135 kilometers) northeast of Guam on Sunday

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#9 Postby PurdueWx80 » Tue Aug 24, 2004 12:07 pm

Eyewall is approaching Taipei and northern tip of Taiwan now. Check out my radar link above. Mountains of northern Taiwan have already received 500-700 mm of rain!!!
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Slow Moving Aere Pounds Taiwan, Threatens China

#10 Postby Cyclone Runner » Tue Aug 24, 2004 4:52 pm

Typhoon Aere Lashes Taiwan's Capital
Tuesday August 24, 2004 7:31 PM
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TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) - Typhoon Aere battered northern Taiwan on Tuesday with howling winds and sheets of rain that grounded flights, shut down financial markets and triggered mudslides on the densely populated island. Five fishermen drowned in rough seas in Taiwan.

The typhoon appeared ready to spend another day whirling over Taiwan before heading west to China, so officials in the capital, Taipei, called off schools and closed the stock market for a second straight day on Wednesday.

Giant waves crashed into sea barriers on the northern coast, sending white spray into five stories into the air. Mountain slopes began crumbling in central Taiwan, burying narrow roads with mud, boulders and twisted trees. Streams swelled into roiling rivers the color of dark chocolate.

People were evacuated from villages in central Taiwan that were ravaged just weeks ago by typhoon Mindulle, which killed 29 people.

Some airlines - including United, Korean Air and Japan Asia Airways - canceled flights to cities in Northeast Asia, airport officials said. Taipei's domestic airport shut down after a local Far Eastern Air Transport jetliner skidded off the runway after landing in the blustery weather.

The worst was yet to come, said Tsai Pu-dian, a Central Weather Bureau forecaster said. ``Winds and rain would further pick up strength around midnight and early tomorrow morning when the typhoon's center passes over the island,'' Tsai said.

Aere's center was packing winds of 80 mph and gusts to 102 mph, the weather bureau said. The storm was lumbering along at 6 mph and was about 105 miles northeast of Taiwan's northern tip Monday night.

Rough seas tipped over a Hong Kong fishing boat near Taiwan's northern port of Keelung on Monday, and four fishermen were washed away. Only one was rescued, but he died later in the hospital.

Another fishermen died off the southern coast Sunday when his small boat flipped over in high waves whipped up by Aere, which means ``storm'' in the language of the Marshall Islands.

Japanese coast guard officials said Tuesday that two sisters, ages 12 and 7, were swept away while swimming near Japan's southern Amami-Oshima islands, east of Taiwan. Their bodies were recovered late Monday, the coast guard said.

Aere knocked over store signs in Taipei, where most of the shops were closed with tape crisscrossing their windows for reinforcement. People parked their cars on highway overpasses and bridges, protecting them from flash flooding that has submerged vehicles in the past.

Some parts of Taiwan recorded 27 inches of rain in the past 36 hours, the weather bureau said.

Although Taiwan has been feuding with China for the past 55 years, the island allows Chinese fishermen to seek refuge on the island during storms. About 200 fishermen from China waited out the storm at one shelter near Keelung's port. Some watched television as others played mahjong or got their hair cut.

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China braces for Typhoon Aere after seven feared dead in Taiwan, Japan

TAIPEI : Typhoon Aere pounded northern Taiwan with heavy rain and powerful winds triggering landslides and causing widespread disruption to transport, and leaving at least seven people feared dead.

Across the Taiwan Strait, China prepared for the worst as Aere was forecast to make landfall in the eastern province of Zhejiang later Wednesday.

Zhejiang evacuated some 249,000 people and nearly 31,500 fishing boats were also called back to port, China's Xinhua news agency said.

A Hong Kong fisherman died and four others were reported missing late Monday after two boats capsized off the north and east of Taiwan. Two young girls were also swept away while swimming in heavy seas in southern Japan.

Taiwan's National Rescue Command Center said the fishermen were presumed dead. "Given the strong winds and rough seas, all search and search missions have been suspended," an official told AFP.

Typhoon Aere -- which means 'storm' in the Marshall Islands where it began -- was packing winds of 130 kilometres (80 miles) per hour as it bore down on the capital Taipei, which shut down financial markets, schools and offices.

With the typhoon gaining momentum as it swept the island late Tuesday, Taiwan authorities announced they would be closed for a second day.

Seven Taipei residents were injured -- four of them hit by falling debris -- while gusts of winds uprooted trees in Taipei and caused several car crashes, local officials said.

Workers also placed sandbags around department stores, some major buildings and entrances to the city's metro system, which was paralyzed by flooding when Typhoon Nari struck in September 2001.

In the central county of Nantou, flash-floods washed away bridges and caused landslides which buried homes in Hsinyi village, trapping about 4,000 residents, according to television reports.

The storm was also expected to strike the northern harbour city of Keelung, where hundreds of boats were seeking shelters as strong winds whipped up 10-meter-high (33 feet) waves.

Taiwan's Central Weather Bureau said the typhoon was expected to dump up to 1,400 millimeters (56 inches) of rain on the island and warned of possible landslides in 19 towns. The rain and winds caused major disruption to the transport network.

Some international flights were called off but all domestic flights were suspended after a Far Eastern Air Transport aircraft skidded off the runway when it landed in Taipei early Tuesday.

The aircraft was forced onto the grass at the end of the runway. Airport authorities said all 93 passengers and six crew were unhurt.

Rail link between Taipei and eastern coastal cities were also suspended. Offices in most cities and counties in northern Taiwan were also shut.

The Central Weather Bureau urged people to take precautions as the typhoon approached. The weather also forced the authorities to postpone war games scheduled to start Wednesday.

Before the typhoon roared towards Taiwan, Aere battered Japan's southern Okinawan islands, leaving two girls dead and injuring at least two other people. It also cut off electricity to some 7,200 households.

Japanese officials said two girls, aged 12 and seven, were swept away as they were swimming in Amami-Oshima, some 200 kilometers north of Okinawa.

Aere's center was located 120 kilometers east-northeast of Taipei at around 1530 GMT. It was heading west at 12 kilometers per hour towards China, where at least 164 people were killed and 1,800 injured when Typhoon Rananim carved a trail of destruction through Zhejiang province earlier this month.

Taiwan, an island of 23 million people off the southeastern coast of China, is often hit by typhoons.

Heavy rain in the wake of Typhoon Mindulle last month triggered floods and mudslides in central and southern Taiwan in which 29 people were killed.
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#11 Postby PurdueWx80 » Tue Aug 24, 2004 4:55 pm

It has strengthened rapidly today and the eye has tightened (frictional effects that JB mentions and warm water). Current winds are up to 100 mph with gusts to 120. Min pressure down to 960. I see one station is reporting pressure at 969 now. Last I saw, the storm was only moving at 4 kt, so you can bet there is massive flooding with this storm, particularly on the west-facing slopes of the central mountains. According to the CWB's site, over 1 meter of rain has fallen there in the last 2 days!!!
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#12 Postby Cyclone Runner » Tue Aug 24, 2004 5:48 pm

PurdueWx80 wrote:It has strengthened rapidly today and the eye has tightened (frictional effects that JB mentions and warm water). Current winds are up to 100 mph with gusts to 120. Min pressure down to 960. I see one station is reporting pressure at 969 now. Last I saw, the storm was only moving at 4 kt, so you can bet there is massive flooding with this storm, particularly on the west-facing slopes of the central mountains. According to the CWB's site, over 1 meter of rain has fallen there in the last 2 days!!!


And it is still so early in the season up there. There is going to be nothing left of Taiwan, Eastern China and Southern Japan once this season's storms are done with them. Chaba looks like it will not take the normal recurvature now and plow straight into Kyushu and Shikoku. That will be a terrible mess. May God have mercy! At least the Philippines seems to be having a respite for once in their lives so a bit of silver lining.
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#13 Postby WXBUFFJIM » Tue Aug 24, 2004 9:20 pm

This is a deadly situation when you see this thing moving near an area where there are 10000 foot mountains. very heavy rains. There could be over 5 feet of rains in the mountainous areas of Taiwan. There has been 12 inches in 10 hours in Taipei earlier today and more is on the way.

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#14 Postby charleston_hugo_veteran » Wed Aug 25, 2004 5:40 am

My local weather showed pics of this storm hitting.....WOW....they say it had 140 mph winds :eek:
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Death Toll in Taiwan up to 12 as Country Reels from Aere

#15 Postby Cyclone Runner » Wed Aug 25, 2004 6:03 am

Typhoon batters Taiwan
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August 25, 2004 - 7:19PM

Typhoon Aere has battered northern Taiwan, triggering a mudslide that buried a family of four as the storm's eye churned toward China, forcing nearly 250,000 people to flee coastal areas.

The death toll climbed to 12 as Aere spent most of drenching parts of central Taiwan that were prone to deadly flooding and landslides.

The storm's outer winds also began lashing southern China, still recovering from Typhoon Rananim, which killed at least 164 about two weeks ago.

A mudslide buried the four family members in their home in Hsinchu County, the National Disaster Relief Centre said. Two other people were missing in the landslide in north-west Taiwan, officials said.

Other fatalities included a man killed by a falling utility pole in Hsinchu. Five fishermen in Taiwan and two children in Japan drowned earlier this week in rough seas whipped up by Aere.

Floodwaters also swept away a 72-year-old man in central Nantou county, while 15 others were injured by falling trees or other debris, officials said.

Torrential rains that soaked the island throughout the night washed away roads in mountainous Hsinchu county, trapping at least 5,000 people in remote villages, the state-funded Central News Agency said.

Howling winds ripped power lines away from their poles in the capital, Taipei. Islandwide, about one million homes were without electricity or water, officials said.

Schools and financial markets were closed for a second straight day as the slow-moving storm's eye whirled west of the island in the middle of the 160-km-wide Taiwan Strait. Aere was packing gusts to 175 kph, the weather bureau said.

China has ordered the evacuation of 249,000 people from coastal areas, the Chinese government said. Aere's eye was expected to slam into Zhejiang province, south of Shanghai. It would be the second-strongest storm to hit China this season after Typhoon Rananim, which devastated the Chinese coast south of Shanghai.

Nearly 31,500 fishing boats were called back to Chinese ports, China's official Xinhua News Agency reported.

In Taiwan, at least 5,000 people were evacuated from villages in mountainous central regions, ravaged just weeks ago by Typhoon Mindulle, which killed 29 people. Soggy mountain slopes were crumbling, burying roads with boulders, mud and twisted trees.

"The downpour continued all night and we didn't sleep," a woman in Hsinyi village in central Nantou told VBS cable news as she looked at a mountain road flooded with brown water.

Planes were grounded at Taipei's international airport, but they began taking off again.

The storm also caused heavy rains that swamped parts of the Philippine capital, Manila, and forced the cancellation of classes at several schools. Waist-deep water halted public transport, and a 4-year-old boy was missing in a landslide outside Manila.

Aere means "storm" in the language of the Marshall Islands, where the storm began.


Typhoon Aere arrives with a wallop: As the storm hit northern Taiwan yesterday, officials told residents to be prepared for catastrophic rainfall and dangerous road conditions
Taipei Times
By Chiu Yu-Tzu
STAFF REPORTER
Wednesday, Aug 25, 2004,Page 1

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As strong winds and heavy rain brought by Typhoon Aere are expected to affect Taiwan for an extended, Taipei City and County, Keelung, Taoyuan, Hsinchu City as well as Hsinchu, Taichung, Miaoli, Nantou and Ilan counties yesterday announced that schools and offices in the area will remain closed today.

After one day of closures yesterday, the stock and futures markets will also remain closed today.

Typhoon Aere yesterday triggered flooding and landslides throughout central and northern Taiwan. Bad weather will continue through tomorrow and natural disaster prevention measures will be necessary for people in mountainous and low-lying areas, according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).

With a 200km storm radius, the typhoon began to have a severe effect on the country yesterday. Nationwide, power to more than 22,800 homes in northern Taiwan was cut due to the storm. According to the Taiwan Power Company, landsides in remote mountain areas prevented technicians from fixing downed lines. As of press time, only half of the affected households had regained electricity.

At 5pm yesterday, Typhoon Aere was packing maximum gusts of 165kph and was centered 200km east-southeast of Taipei, moving west-northwest at 11kph, meteorologists said. It was predicted that Aere would be centered 90km northwest of Taipei as of 2pm today.

Forecasters said yesterday that Aere had begun moving slower than expected and would soak Taiwan with rain for about two days.

Due to the slowness and slightly altered route of Aere, the bureau yesterday revised its accumulated rainfall predictions to higher levels. As of press time, 574mm rainfall had fallen in Miaoli County. Meanwhile, in Kaohsiung and Hsinchu counties, rainfall exceeding 400mm was measured. Forecasters said yesterday that 1,000mm of rainfall might be measured in Chiayi County, Miaoli County and northern Taiwan.

"Such heavy rain will be devastating. People have to be on the alert for mudflows, landslides and flooding," said Fred Tsai (???), a division chief of the the bureau's Weather Forecast Center.

Tsai said that low-lying coastal areas, including parts of the Taipei basin, might be inundated by rising tides.

The Council of Agriculture (COA) yesterday issued evacuation advisories for 13 townships vulnerable to mudflows and landslides. The threatened townships are in Taichung, Miaoli, Nantou and Yunlin counties.

Officials said that the continuous rainfall might trigger landslides and mudflows in the more mountainous areas of Miaoli and Chiayi.

The council's forestry bureau yesterday suspended the service of tourist trains in Alishan, Chiayi County, because 50m of the roadbed had subsided.

Several bridges across Chenyulan River in Nantou were closed.

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Typhoon Aere Landslide Buries Taiwan Village; 100 Missing

#16 Postby Cyclone Runner » Wed Aug 25, 2004 6:43 pm

The rain from slow moving Typhoon Aere has caused massive flooding and landslides across Taiwan. It has now moved into China and is beginning to dissipate.

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Wed 25 August, 2004 19:19

TAIPEI (Reuters) - A powerful typhoon triggered landslides and flash floods in northern Taiwan before ploughing into China where hundreds of thousands of people have been evacuated.

Typhoon Aere triggered a landslide that buried a mountain village in northern Taiwan on Wednesday and the fate of its 100 residents was unknown, the disaster relief centre said.

Witnesses who escaped the landslide in Wu Feng village in the northern county of Hsinchu told authorities they saw about 24 homes being buried. Officials said the villagers had been told to evacuate before the typhoon arrived.

"Roads to the village are cut off, as is communication. Rescuers are on their way to check on the situation but it may take hours for them to get there," an official with the centre said.

The storm, feared to have killed 14 people in Japan and Taiwan will hit the same area of China where Typhoon Rananim killed 164 people this month. Five people were missing and 33 injured in Taiwan.

Aere, the fiercest storm to threaten Taipei this year, made landfall on mainland China at about 4:30 p.m. (9:30 p.m. British time), a Chinese official said.

China's Xinhua news agency said the typhoon was uprooting trees in Fujian province, but there were no reports of casualties.

"At least half a million people have been evacuated," an official with the government of coastal Fujian province said. "The governor said those people should stay where they are tonight even if the typhoon passes."

Fujian, with a population of about 35 million people, was on red alert, the second-highest warning level, ahead of the storm, another official said, predicting landslides and other damage in some areas.

Authorities in the neighbouring province of Zhejiang have evacuated nearly 250,000 people and called vessels back to port, China's official Xinhua news agency said.

With gusts of up to 175 kph (108 mph), Aere was churning slowly west at 15 kph (9 mph), with its eye 90 km (56 miles) south of Matsu at 0800 GMT, Taiwan's Central Weather Bureau said.

LANDSLIDE BURIES CHURCH

The storm forced thousands to flee their homes and closed financial markets for a second day on Taiwan.

The storm triggered a mudslide that buried a church, killing a father and his daughter and at least two others who were taking shelter inside, the disaster relief centre said.

Three people drowned in flash floods in central Taiwan and 23 people were injured, most of them hit by falling objects, including trees, the disaster centre said.

About 240,000 households around the island had no electricity, while nearly 1 million homes were without tap water.

"I have lived here for 26 years and never seen such terrible flooding," said Wang Chao-chung, a 52-year-old computer salesman in the worst-hit area of Shangchung in Taipei county.

"Everything I own is swimming in the water. Everything is gone," said Wang outside his flooded home.

Torrential rain throughout the night turned streets into muddy rivers with uprooted trees and submerged cars.

Aere dumped 1.5 m (59 inches) of rain on some mountainous regions in Taiwan that were still reeling from Typhoon Mindulle, which struck in July killing at least 22 people.

"We are still trying to rebuild our home after the last typhoon and now we have to flee again," a woman surnamed Lee told television at a public shelter in the hilly county of Nantao.

In 2001, one of Taiwan's deadliest years for storms, Typhoon Toraji killed 200 people. A few months later, Typhoon Nari caused Taipei's worst flooding on record and killed 100 people.

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500,000 Evacuated from Fujian Province as Aere Hits China

#17 Postby Cyclone Runner » Wed Aug 25, 2004 6:51 pm

No casualty reported yet in Fujian as Typhoon Aere lands
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FUZHOU, Aug. 25 (Xinhuanet) -- Thanks to the full anti-typhoon preparations, by press time, no casualty was reported in eastern Fujian Province after the year's second strongest Typhoon Aere landed in province's Fuqing City around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Before Aere landed, some 516,000 people were evacuated to safe placed and more than 10,600 vessel were called back to port.

By 10 p.m. Wednesday, the eye of Aere moved southward at a speed of 15 kilometers to Shishi City after sweeping past Putian, Chongwu and Jinjiang and will affect the cities of Quanzhou and Xiamen, according to the provincial meteorological station.

Affected by Aere, most areas of Fujian were hit by mediate to heavy rainfall. Statistics from the provincial flood control office showed 10 counties and districts had received a precipitation of more than 100 mm and traffic in some counties wascut off.

In addition, flights from the province's Xiamen to Jinmen in Taiwan were suspended and express way from Fuzhou, the provincial capital, to Jinjiang was also closed.

Although Aere has brought damages to Fujian, it is also helpful to ease the drought situation of the province, said Yang Zhiying, vice director of the provincial drought control headquarters.

While in Fujian's neighboring province of Zhejiang, one villager was missing and more than 17,000 people were evacuated in Wenzhou City after Typhoon Aere landed.

The missing is a villager from the Butou village. He was swept by flood water when he was crossing a swelling brook Wednesday morning. At press time, rescuers have not found him, according to the city's flood and drought control bureau.

The strong storms also hit most areas of Wenzhou. Nearly 20,000people in more than 10 villages were trapped by flooding one-meterin depth.

Local government has dispatched rescue vessels, buses and trucks to rescue the more than 800 local residents who were caughtin the floods.

Aere, the 18th typhoon this year, was expected to be the secondmost powerful typhoon to ravage southern China this year, according to forecast by the Central Meteorological Station. Typhoon Rananim which hit Wenling City in east China's Zhejiang Province on Aug. 12 was the strongest, for the deaths of at least 164 people.

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#18 Postby Nimbus » Wed Aug 25, 2004 7:47 pm

And Chaba is getting dangerously close to Japan...
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Typhoon Aere Toll 35 Dead; 1 Million Evacuated

#19 Postby Cyclone Runner » Thu Aug 26, 2004 10:07 am

930,000 evacuated from coastal areas in mainland China
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5:53 a.m. August 26, 2004

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SHANGHAI, China – Typhoon Aere crashed into mainland China unleashing torrential rains and prompting the evacuation of nearly a million people, as the death toll climbed to 35 on Thursday after a mudslide killed 15 villagers in Taiwan.

Aere came ashore on the mainland late Wednesday after battering northern Taiwan, where up to 5 feet of rain fell over the past 2½ days in some areas. State television in China showed footage of howling winds and pounding rain. Cars plowed through flooded streets littered with uprooted metal barriers.

Officials in Taiwan said the mudslide in a remote northern mountain village buried all the homes in just 10 seconds, killing 15. The island's death toll rose to 30 after officials reported a man died when flood waters washed away his riverside home in central Taiwan.

Another five people were reported dead in the Philippines.

Apart from one man reported missing in eastern China's Zhejiang province, no casualties were reported on the mainland. It was the second-strongest storm to hit China this season after Typhoon Rananim, which killed 164 people and devastated the southern Chinese coast.

Two cargo vessels carrying 16 crew members were stranded Thursday on a shoal about 330 feet offshore from Wenzhou city, in east China's Zhejiang province, the official Xinhua News Agency reported.

Deterred by strong winds, rescuers were waiting for high tide, at about dusk, to try to reach the boats, it said.

Authorities credited the minimal casualties from this week's storm to the evacuation of 930,000 people from low-lying and coastal areas. More than 40,000 fishing boats were called back to port and flights in the region were canceled, the official Xinhua News Agency reported.

It cited local officials saying that while destructive, the storm had helped ease severe drought in the area.

The typhoon's greatest destruction was in Taiwan. Rescuers were struggling Thursday to reach the isolated village in north after the landslide swept over 24 homes, an official said.

"It occurred when the downpour was most severe yesterday, and the landslide buried all of the homes in just 10 seconds," Hsinchu County chief Cheng Yung-chin told reporters after inspecting the site in Wufeng Township.

The storm also caused heavy rains that swamped parts of the Philippine capital, Manila, where at least five people drowned and three were missing. Three members of a family were injured after being hit by a mudslide in the hilly city of Antipolo.

Nearly 16,000 people were evacuated from homes engulfed in floodwaters, the officials said.

Aere means "storm" in the language of the Marshall Islands.

Taiwan typhoon death toll rises

The death toll from Typhoon Aere has risen to 24 in Taiwan as the bodies of 15 villagers buried in a mudslide in the island's north are recovered.

"At least 15 bodies have been recovered at Tochang village," a rescue official said.

The victims died after a wall of mud enveloped Tochang, in northern Hsinshu County late yesterday, after the mountainous region had been battered by strong winds and torrential rain.

The typhoon has destroyed more than 20 houses.

At least nine other people have been confirmed dead as a result of Typhoon Aere, including a preacher who was washed away by floods in central Nantou county.

An earlier report said the body of the man's wife had also been recovered.

mong the dead is a Hong Kong fisherman who died after his boat capsized in rough seas off Taiwan's northern coast on Monday.

Nine people are now missing, including three fishermen from Hong Kong and China and one local fisherman, since Aere slammed into the island packing winds of more than 130 kilometres per hour three days ago.

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#20 Postby x-y-no » Thu Aug 26, 2004 10:16 am

5 feet of rain in 2 1/2 days! I can't even imagine it ...

I remember what a mess it was in my neighborhhod TS Dennis (1981?) sat over the Everglades and dumped close to 2 feet on us in two days. I walked to UM down the middle of Miller Dr. knee-deep.

5 feet is insane.
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