Monday, September 28, 2015

China braced for super typhoon arrival

The National Meteorological Center yesterday issued an orange alert for Typhoon Dujuan, which is due to land in coastal Fujian Province tomorrow morning after sweeping across Taiwan, bringing gales, torrential rain and high waves to these regions.

China Southern Airlines was planning to cancel 18 flights to or from Taipei today.

Ships have been advised to return to harbor and local authorities to brace for floods and geological disasters.

Thousands of tourists were evacuated from islands off Taiwan yesterday as Dujuan gathered strength on its approach.

  • Taiwan's weather bureau upgraded Dujuan to a "strong typhoon" last night as the storm approached the island's east coast.

Other regional weather bureaus, including the Hong Kong Observatory, categorized Dujuan as a "super typhoon" as it intensified to reach gusts of 227 kilometers per hour.

"It is not likely to weaken in any significant way before making landfall," a spokesman for Taiwan's weather bureau said last night.

More than 24,000 troops are on standby for disaster relief and evacuations from areas prone to landslides and flooding.

Emergency response centers have been set up in the north and east, where heavy rain is expected, as well as 100 shelters.

Dujuan is set to hit the Japanese island of Ishigaki at around midday today and is on course to hit the Chinese mainland from Tuesday after moving through Taiwan.

Japan's meteorological agency has warned it could trigger waves 13 meters 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 reporters.

The country's meteorological agency warned of possible landslides, high waves and heavy rain.

Typhoon Soudelor caused at least eight deaths in Taiwan last month as it flooded rivers, ripped up trees, and triggered landslides.

Power to a record 4.3 million households was cut off and it went on to kill 26 people on the Chinese mainland.

  Xinhua -


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