Hun­dreds evac­u­ated from Green Is­land ahead of typhoon

The China Post - - LOCAL -

A to­tal of 1,734 tourists were evac­u­ated from Green Is­land off south­east­ern Tai­wan Thurs­day in an­tic­i­pa­tion of Typhoon Goni, which is ex­pected to bring se­vere weather to the re­gion start­ing Fri­day.

The tourists were trans­ported back to Taitung County on the main is­land of Tai­wan in eight ferry ser­vices, which will be sus­pended be­tween Fri­day and Sun­day.

They re­ported ex­pe­ri­enc­ing rough waves and strong winds dur­ing their trip home, de­scrib­ing the ex­pe­ri­ence as sim­i­lar to “rid­ing a pi­rate ship in an amuse­ment park.”

Other events have also been can­celed in Taitung, in­clud­ing the Camp­ing Life in Taitung fes­ti­val in Taimali Town­ship sched­uled for Aug. 22-23, and out­door events at Tiehua Vil­lage from Aug. 21-23, or­ga­niz­ers said.

As Goni moves closer to Tai­wan, chances of sud­den down­pours will in­crease across the is­land from Fri­day, ac­cord­ing to Tai­wan’s Cen­tral Weather Bureau said.

The typhoon could be at its clos­est to Tai­wan over the week­end, the bureau said, adding that it does not rule out the pos­si­bil­ity of is­su­ing a land warn­ing.

CNA

Fer­ries brave choppy sea as they de­parted from Green Is­land for Taitung yesterday.

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