Weak­ened ‘mon­ster’ typhoon Soude­lor on course to Tai­wan

The China Post - - FRONT PAGE - BY ANITA YANG

The Cen­tral Weather Bureau ( CWB) an­nounced yesterday that “mon­ster” typhoon Soude­lor has weak­ened to a mod­er­ate typhoon as it con­tin­ues to track to the west-north­west over the Western Pa­cific’s open wa­ters at a speed of 22 kilo­me­ters per hour to­ward Tai­wan.

All re­lated author­i­ties and in­sti­tutes are still on guard de­spite the weak­en­ing of Soude­lor. The Coun­cil of Agri­cul­ture (COA) has urged fish­er­men and farm­ers to be on alert and pre­pare ac­cord­ingly.

Mean­while, some con­sumers have al­ready hit su­per­mar­kets to stock up on food; the COA ad­vises the public not to stock too much food as there will be enough. The coun­cil has also sug­gested that farm­ers harvest crops, store them well and fol­low mar­ket de­mand or­ders.

Soude­lor is con­sid­ered the strong­est trop­i­cal cy­clone glob­ally this year so far, ac­cord­ing to for­eign media re­ports. The typhoon slammed into Saipan, an is­land in the Mariana Is­lands Ar­chi­pel­ago, ear­lier this week with winds of 170 kilo­me­ters per hour and flooded the is­land’s power plant, leav­ing around 350 lo­cal res­i­dences in emer­gency shel­ters, said a Pa­cific Daily News re­port.

The CWB es­ti­mates that the typhoon will ap­proach Tai­wan and have the great­est im­pact on Fri­day and Satur­day. The CWB is set to is­sue a sea warn­ing for Typhoon Soude­lor to­day and pos­si­bly a land warn­ing in the evening. For those who al­ready made Fa­ther’s Day ( Aug. 8) plans, be care­ful to check up on the typhoon’s sta­tus as well as trans­porta­tion an­nounce­ments.

Cur­rently, Tai­wan Rail­way Ad­min­is­tra­tion (TRA) has an- nounced that oper­a­tions for “Sum­mer Formosa” cruise-style trains ( ) on Aug. 8 are can­celed; pas­sen­gers who have al­ready pur­chased tick­ets can get full re­funds at all train sta­tions, said the TRA.

Ferry busi­nesses in Taitung ( ) also an­nounced op­er­a­tion sus­pen­sions af­ter eval­u­at­ing weather con­di­tions. Fer­ries from Taitung Fu­gang Fish­ing Har­bor ( ) to Green Is­land ( ) will op­er­ate un­til noon to­day, but will be sus­pended from then un­til Aug. 9. There is an out­bound ferry from Fu­gang Fish­ing Har­bor to Orchid Is­land ( ) at 5:30 a. m. to­day and another will de­part to re­turn at 7:30 a.m. Out­bound fer­ries to Orchid Is­land will be sus­pended as well from Aug 7-9. (For in­for­ma­tion on up­dated ferry sched­ules, visit https:// bpr. mt­net. gov. tw/bpr_­sail­ing/#)

CNA Cour­tesy of Cen­tral Weather Bureau

(Above) A wa­ter­spout is spot­ted near Taitung’s Orchid Is­land (

), yesterday. Tourists gath­ered to wit­ness the sur­pris­ing oc­cur­rence, say­ing it looked like a “river flow­ing up to the sky.” (Right) The pro­jected path of Typhoon Soude­lor ( ) is shown, as re­ported by the Cen­tral Weather Bureau, yesterday. Soude­lor’s heavy winds and rains are ex­pected to have a no­tice­able af­fect on Tai­wan start­ing Fri­day.

Aug. 10 20: 00Aug. 9 20:00

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