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Alert: Typhoon Chanthu
September 10, 2021

The American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) cautions U.S. citizens that Typhoon Chanthu is currently in the western Pacific Ocean east of Taiwan.  This severe typhoon has been building in intensity and moving rapidly toward Taiwan.

Typhoon Chanthu poses major risks and potential damage from both high winds and torrential downpours, especially on Saturday and Sunday when the island will likely feel the full brunt of the storm.  Expect heavy rainfall, dangerous storm tides, and possible flooding to occur.  Due to this year’s drought, mountainous areas face a greater risk of landslides and catastrophic flash flooding.

All U.S. citizens living in or traveling to the area should monitor local weather reports, follow directions from local officials, and take other appropriate actions as needed.  International Community Radio Taipei (ICRT) provides regular weather bulletins in English on 100.7 FM in the Taipei and Kaohsiung areas and on 100.1 FM in Taichung

For further information about security in Taiwan:

  • See the  State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Taiwan Specific Information
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program(STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
  • Contact AIT Taipei Office, located at No. 100, Jinhu Road, Neihu District, Taipei City 11461.
    Phone: (02)2162-2000;
    Fax: (02) 2162-2239.
    After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is (02) 2162-2000.
    Email: TaipeiACS@state.gov
    American Citizen Services Website
  • Contact AIT Kaohsiung Office, located at No. 88, 5th floor, Chenggong 2nd Road, Qianzhen District, Kaohsiung City 80661.
    Phone:  (07) 335-5006;
    Fax : (07)338-0551
    Email: KaohsiungACS@state.gov 
    American Citizen Services Website

Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-444 from other countries  from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).