Thursday, July 17, 2008
Typhoon Kalmeagi hits Taiwan
Five days of heavy rain …

Five days of rough seas ... but finally a chance to dry out and clean up in the northern Philippines as Kalmeagi moves away.

And they have plenty of cleaning to do. Heavy rains flooded low-lying areas, snarled traffic and swamped crops throughout the region.

There were some very impressive rainfall totals over parts of northern Luzon:

Laoag 662 mm (26.06")
Vigan 296 mm (11.65")
Aparri 215 mm (8.46")
Tuguegaro 138 mm (5.43")

Kaelmagi was still a tropical storm on Wednesday as it slowly drifted north-northwest over the warm waters of the Luzon Strait.

It became a typhoon Thursday and headed straight for Taiwan.

I spoke with Andrew Lee an journalist in Taipei and he told me that the storm made landfall before midnight local time. He added that while there had not been very heavy rain in Taipei, areas to the south had been inundated by heavy rainfall.

Some of the more impressive numbers include:

Jiasian 628.5 mm (24.74")
Liouciouyu 270.0 mm (10.63")
Caoling 255.0 mm (10.41")
Kaohsiung 269.0 mm (10.59")
Hualien 157.0 mm (6.18")

On average Taiwan gets hit by 4 or 5 typhoons every year.

Kaelmagi is the 8th storm to form in the Western Pacific this year, but the first to hit Taiwan in 2008.

-- From CNN Weather Anchor, Mari Ramos
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