Ferry services to be interrupted due to Strong Typhoon Meranti

Strong Typhoon Meranti will force ferry suspensions in some parts of Taiwan from Tuesday in anticipation of gusty wind and heavy rain, the authorities said Monday.

All services between Taitung County in southeastern Taiwan and outlying Orchid Island and Green Island will be canceled Tuesday and Wednesday, according to the Maritime Port Bureau under the Ministry of Transportation and Communications.

While boat operators have been helping evacuate tourists from the islands Monday, two Chinese women insisted on sticking to their itineraries and went to Green Island.

In addition, a charter ship service between Taichung in central Taiwan and outlying Kinmen County, scheduled for 11 p.m. Wednesday, will be canceled, the Kinmen County government said.

In related news, National Dong Hwa University, located in eastern Taiwan's Hualien County, announced that classes will be canceled all day Wednesday, while administrative staff will not have to work past noon. (By Lee Hsien-feng and Lee Hsin-Yin)