Tropical Storm Kong-Rey floods Taiwan cities

Local residents walk through floodwaters from passing Tropical Storm Kong-Rey in Tainan, Taiwan on Thursday.

Kong-Ray, the second major storm to hit Taiwan in a month, flooded some areas up to second-story levels, but is expected to fizzle out.

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Tropical Storm Kong-Rey battered Taiwan Thursday, dumping more than 19 inches of rain on the heavily populated west coast and causing widespread flooding.

Kong-Rey skirted the island's east coast before heading north toward Japan. It is expected to fizzle out over the western Pacific without causing additional damage.

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Particularly hard hit in Taiwan were the large west coast cities of Chiayi, Tainan and Kaohsiung, where flooding in some areas reached second-story levels. In Tainan, officials evacuated 29 residents from a nursing home and canceled some train services.

Tropical Storm Kong-Rey in Taiwan: Residents watch rising floodwaters in Tainan, Taiwan, Aug. 29.AP Photo

Residents watch rising floodwaters in Tainan, Taiwan, on Thursday.

There were no immediate reports of casualties from the storm.

Kong-Rey is the second major storm to hit Taiwan this month. Last week, a severe tropical storm dumped up to 39 inches of rain on the southern part of the island. High winds caused the cancellation of scores of international flights and, in conjunction with the rain, led to the disruption of high-speed rail service between the capital city, Taipei, and Kaohsiung.

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