However, areas from Taoyuan City down to the far south, including Taitung County, and offshore island counties said there would be no closures Saturday.
Taiwan only just recovered from under the shadow of Typhoon Meranti, which passed by from east to west off the southern tip of the main island Wednesday. Two people died, more than 50 were injured and severe damage occurred in the counties of Taitung and Pingtung and in Kaohsiung City in southern Taiwan, as well as in Penghu in the Taiwan Straits and in Kinmen, the island county just off the Chinese coast.
Typhoon Malakas was set to follow a different path, off the east coast from south to north, with the worst impact being felt during the day Saturday.
Since Saturday was a regular day off as well as part of the September 15-18 Mid-Autumn Festival holiday, Yilan County used the official phrasing that the weather forecast “had reached the standard to stop going to offices and schools,” reports said.
High-speed trains were expected to run Saturday, but delays north of Taichung were a possibility, the operator said. The Taiwan Railways Administration said its train services around the north to Yilan would be suspended, at least until noon.
By 8 p.m. Friday, the eye of Typhoon Malakas was situated 270 kilometers east of Hengchun, which is close to Taiwan’s southernmost tip. It was moving at a speed of 19 km per hour in a north-northwesterly direction, turning north.
Wind speeds were averaging 155 kph with gusts of up to 191 kph, according to the Central Weather Bureau.
Land warnings were in effect for most of the northern half of the country from Keelung to Taichung and for Yilan, Hualien and Taitung on the east coast.