Northern Taiwan is bracing itself for Typhoon Soulik which is due to hit the island on Friday afternoon. High winds and rain are expected to cause flight delays and many schools and businesses may have to close.
Authorities issued a land warning and advised people to avoid outdoor activities as Typhoon Soulik continues its approach from the east.
Damage from Taiwan’s first typhoon of the year may be exacerbated by loose soil following large earthquakes in March and June, the Central Emergency Operations Center said in a statement. Government ministry officials were scheduled to meet at 8:30 a.m. to discuss preparation and response measures.
2,300 tourists were evacuated from Green Island off the southeastern city of Taitung on Thursday as authorities on the Chinese mainland issued an orange alert (the second highest) for the super typhoon.
After striking Taiwan, the typhoon is expected to move over eastern China, including Shanghai.
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