Tai­wan braces for Typhoon Soude­lor

Work and school clo­sures are an­nounced for whole coun­try

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The Cen­tral Weather Bureau (CWB, ) yesterday is­sued tor­ren­tial rain warn­ings for 16 re­gions in Tai­wan as Typhoon Soude­lor ( ) drew near to the is­land.

The outer rim of the storm, clas­si­fied as a medium typhoon, the sec­ond on the CWB’s three­tier sys­tem, touched land in Eastern Tai­wan at around 5 p.m. yesterday. All of Tai­wan is­land was cov­ered by the storm last night. The cen­ter of the typhoon is ex­pected to make land­fall early to­day and will re­main over Tai­wan un­til this af­ter­noon.

As of press time, the CWB had is­sued tor­ren­tial rain warn­ings for Yi­lan, Hualien and Taitung in the east; Taipei City, New Taipei City, Taoyuan City and Hs­inchu County in the north; Miaoli County, Taichung City, Nan­tou County and Yun­lin County in Cen­tral Tai­wan as well as the south­ern re­gions of Chi­ayi County and Chi­ayi City, Tainan City, Kaoh­si­ung City and Ping­tung County.

As of 8:30 p.m., the storm’s cen­ter was 250 kilo­me­ters east­south­east of Hualien, mov­ing 21 kilo­me­ters per hour in a west­north­west­erly di­rec­tion and pack­ing max­i­mum sus­tained winds of 173 kilo­me­ters per hour, with gusts reach­ing 209 kilo­me­ters per hour.

The CWB also warned of heavy rain in Keelung City, Hs­inchu City and Changhua County.

Most lo­cal gov­ern­ments across Tai­wan an­nounced clo­sures of schools and work to­day due to the storm. As of press time, Tainan City and Kin­men County had yet to an­nounce work and school open­ing poli­cies for to­day. Of­fices and schools are con­firmed to be closed for all other re­gions in Tai­wan.

Train & High Speed Rail

Can­cel­la­tions

The Tai­wan High Speed Rail Cor­po­ra­tion has can­celed all bullet train ser­vices for to­day un­til 4 p. m. Tai­wan Rail­way Ad­min­is­tra­tion also an­nounced can­cel­la­tions of trains for to­day un­til noon.

Even as Tai­wan pre­pared for the storm, the Cen­tral Emer­gency Op­er­a­tion Cen­ter (CEOC) had re­ceived re­ports of ca­su­al­ties in typhoon-re­lated ac­ci­dents. The CEOC said that a girl who was swept out to sea in Yi­lan County on Thurs­day was still miss­ing as of press time.

The Coast Guard

in Suao Town­ship was forced to re­call search teams be­cause of high winds and rough seas.

The miss­ing girl’s twin sis­ter and mother died af­ter the three of them and another girl who sur­vived were swept away by strong waves at Suao Town­ship’s Neipi beach. Ex­perts warned of the false sense of se­cu­rity that peo­ple can feel when play­ing in dan­ger­ous coastal

ar­eas in Eastern Tai­wan.

Wa­ter Con­ser­va­tion

The Tai­wan Wa­ter Cor­po­ra­tion (TWC, ) has called for the public to con­serve wa­ter as heavy rain­fall might in­crease the murk­i­ness of wa­ter in reser­voirs and put more strain on wa­ter pu­rifi­ca­tion fa­cil­i­ties. The TWC has es­tab­lished an emer­gency task force to han­dle the sit­u­a­tion.

CNA

(Above) A surg­ing wave hits the coast­line of Yi­lan as Typhoon Soude­lor closes in, late yesterday af­ter­noon. The typhoon is ex­pected to bring heavy rain­fall, and the Cen­tral Weather Bureau ad­vised cau­tion for 16 lo­cal cities and coun­ties. Soude­lor’s im­pact will be felt most strongly to­day.

Aug. 09, 08:00 a.m. Aug. 08, 20:00 p.m. Aug. 08, 08:00 a.m. Cour­tesy of the Cen­tral Weather Bureau

(Top right) Abo­rig­i­nal chil­dren leave their home in Taitung with their be­long­ings, yesterday. Res­i­dents of some lo­cal vil­lages were evac­u­ated be­fore Typhoon Soude­lor made land­fall. A mil­i­tary unit has also moved into the coun­try to pre­pare for any emer­gen­cies.

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