Mostly tourists of 3,000 people evacuated as powerful typhoon Dujuan approaches Taiwan islands

September 28, 2015 12:39 pm

 

Tourists sail boats in Pitan, a popular area in Xindian district in New Taipei City. Photo / Getty Images

Almost 3,000 people, most of them tourists, were evacuated from
outlying islands off on Sunday as Typhoon Dujuan gathered
strength as it neared, looking set to bring heavy rains and high tides.
Typhoon
Dujuan, packing maximum winds of up to 209 kilometres (130 miles) per
hour, was 560 kilometres southeast of Hualien county at 2:30 pm (7pm
NZDT), and lay around 350 kilometres from the Japanese island of
Ishigaki.
“It’s at the upper limit of a moderate storm, and we do
not rule out that it gets stronger,” a spokesman from Taiwan’s weather
bureau told AFP.
Ferry operators increased trips to move people
from Green Island and Orchid Island, popular with tourists, and services
will be suspended later Sunday.
A total of nearly 3,000 people were being evacuated from the two islands, the local tourism bureau said.

The storm threatens long-weekend plans for many as Taiwan
celebrates the Mid-Autumn Festival, also known as Moon Festival, when
families typically gather and moon-gaze.
Dujuan is set to hit
Ishigaki at around midday on Monday, and make landfall in Taiwan later
the same evening. The storm is on course to hit mainland China from
Tuesday after moving through Taiwan.
Japan’s meteorological agency has warned it could trigger waves 13 metres (42 feet) high when it strikes the country.
So
far there have been no reports of damage or injuries in connection with
the typhoon, but “winds are getting stronger now”, an Ishigaki official
told AFP by phone.
At least three flights were cancelled,
Japanese reports and airline officials said, and the country’s
meteorological agency warned of possible landslides, high waves and
heavy rain.
– AFP

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