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Offices, schools to close across Taiwan on Saturday

Offices, schools to close across Taiwan on Saturday

Taipei, Aug. 7 (CNA) City and county governments announced Friday that all offices and schools will be closed on Saturday in anticipation of Typhoon Soudelor. All six municipalities, Taipei, New Taipei, Taoyuan, Taichung, Tainan and Kaohsiung, three cities, and 13 counties, including the outlying islands of Penghu, Kinmen and Lienchiang (Matsu) announced closures. The Central Weather Bureau (CWB) has warned that 15 cities and counties may experience extremely torrential rain, 350mm or more in 24 hours, and the rest of Taiwan may see extremely heavy rain of 130mm or more over a 24 hour period. As the typhoon moves toward Taiwan, 21,067 households had suffered blackouts and 6,328 were still without power, as of 9:40 p.m. The Council of Agriculture warned governments in 13 cities and counties to make preparations for the evacuation of residents if necessary, with warnings about 413 possible mudslide in 34 townships. The 13 administrative areas include all six municipalities and seven counties, including Yilan, Hualien, Hsinchu, Nantou, Yunlin, Chiayi and Pingtung. Meanwhile, more than 3,000 people in Pingtung, Taitung and Hualien counties have been evacuated to safety. Taiwan High Speed Rail Corp. announced that all normal services will be suspended from midnight to 4 p.m. on Saturday. After that three trains will leave from Taipei traveling southbound and from Zuoying northbound every hour. As of 8 p.m. on Friday, the epicenter of Typhoon Soudelor was about 250km east-southwest of Hualien, moving at a speed of 21km per hour in a west-northwesterly direction, according to the CWB. The Typhoon has maximum sustained winds of 173kph, with gusts up to 209kph, the bureau said. Typhoon Soudelor will make landfall in Hualien County in the early hours of Saturday, with its epicenter about 100km east of Kinmen at 8 p.m. on Saturday. (By Lee Ming-tsung, Yang Shu-min, Milly Lin and Kuo Chung-han)


Updated : 2021-09-22 14:50 GMT+08:00