The American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) cautions U.S. citizens that Typhoon HATO is currently in the western Pacific Ocean southeast of Taiwan. Although Taiwan’s Central Weather Bureau (CWB) does not expect Typhoon HATO to make direct landfall in Taiwan, the southern half of the island will likely begin to feel the effects of the storm in the early morning hours of Tuesday, August 22. Expect high winds, dangerous storm tides, heavy rainfall, 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:
o See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Taiwan Specific Information.
o Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
o Contact AIT Taipei Office, located at No. 7, Lane 134, Sec 3, Xin Yi Road, Da-an District, Taipei City 10659.
Phone: (02)2162-2000; Fax: (02) 2162-223. After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is (02) 2162-2000.
o 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
o 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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