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Lupit brings more than 1 300 mm (51 inches) of rain in just 2 days, Taiwan

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Tropical Storm "Lupit" combined with seasonal southwesterly winds to bring extremely heavy rains to parts of Taiwan from August 5 to 7, 2021, causing destructive floods and landslides. Lupit made 2 landfalls in China — the first in Shantou, Guangdong Province, and the second in Zhangzhou, Fujian Province — before moving over Hsinchu and Miaoli counties in northeastern Taiwan on August 7.

From 12:00 LT on August 5 to 18:00 on August 7, Xinmajia recorded 1 329 mm (52.3 inches) of rain, Jiamu 1 197 mm (47.1 inches), Xinfa 1 005 mm (39.5 inches), and Dahanshan 875 mm (34.4 inches).

In 24 hours to 12:40 on August 7, Akushan in Chiayi County received 422 mm (16.6 inches) of rain, Fencihu 347 mm (13.5 inches), and Lijia 302.5 mm (11.9 inches).

Tropical Storm "Lupit" at 01:10 UTC on August 7, 2021. Credit: JMA/Himawari-8, RAMMB/CIRA, TW

Image credit: JTWC

A section of a 100 m (328 feet) bridge in New Taipei City's Chajiao Borough near Dongyanshan collapsed, trapping some 300 people in the borough. The city government said the bridge's pillars had been reinforced but 'continuous rains and recent earthquakes caused the collapse of a 5 m [16.4 feet] section.'

Landslides were also reported in Nantou County's Renai Township, cutting off transportation between Cueiluan and Rueiyan villages, the Taipei Times reports.

A large section of the Minbaklu Bridge in Taoyuan District collapsed, effectively cutting off the district.

At 09:00 UTC on August 8, the center of Tropical Storm "Lupit" was located about 324 km (201 miles) SSW of Sasebo, Japan. 

Its maximum sustained winds were 75 km/h (45 mph) with gusts to 110 km/h (70 mph). 1-minute maximum sustained winds were 85 km/h (50 mph).

The minimum central barometric pressure was 990 hPa, and the system was moving northeast at 37 km/h (23 mph).

Tropical Storm "Lupit" at 09:30 UTC on August 8, 2021. Credit: JMA/Himawari-8, UW-CIMSS

Featured image: Destruction of a bridge in Kaohsiung’s Taoyuan District by the overflowing Yusui River on August 7, 2021. Credit: TaipeiTimes (submitted by a reader)

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