Taiwan’s weather bureau blasts typhoon ‘hype’ on Facebook


Central Weather Bureau chief Shin Tzay-chyn. (File photo/Liu Tsung-lung)

Want China Times
Date: 2015-08-13
By: CNA and Staff Reporter

Taiwan’s Central Weather Bureau denied speculation by a TV broadcaster Wednesday claiming that two more strong typhoons could form whose paths could resemble that of last weekend’s Typhoon Soudelor, which left eight dead and nearly 450 injured in Taiwan.

Facebook comments made by Next TV anchor Lee Fu-cheng were “hype,” bureau chief Shin Tzay-chyn said, criticizing them as irresponsible remarks that could cause unnecessary panic.

Lee said there are two typhoons heading for Taiwan, which could start affecting the country as early as Aug. 21. People should “hide in a ditch,” he said.

However, Shin pointed out that it is too early to make such predictions, adding that there is indeed a massive depression out over the Pacific but its future development will depend on numerous variables over the next seven to 10 days.     [FULL  STORY]

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