Alert: Typhoon Lekima

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The American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) cautions U.S. citizens that Typhoon Lekima is currently in the western Pacific Ocean east of Taiwan. Although Taiwan’s Central Weather Bureau (CWB) does not expect Typhoon Lekima to make direct landfall in Taiwan, the northeastern and northern parts of the island will likely begin to feel the effects of the storm from Thursday night, August 8 until Saturday morning. Expect heavy rainfall, high winds, dangerous storm tides, and possible flooding to occur.

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.
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  • Contact AIT Kaohsiung Office, located at No. 88, 5thfloor, Chenggong 2nd Road, Qianzhen District, Kaohsiung City 80661.
  • Phone:  (07) 335-5006; Fax : (07)338-0551
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  • 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).
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