Monday July 23, 2018

Taiwan orders evacuations as season's 1st typhoon approaches

Satellite image from Project Noah website

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Taiwan on Tuesday closed schools and offices and ordered hundreds of residents in the island's north to evacuate to safety ahead of the arrival of this season's first typhoon.

Some flights operating out of the main Taoyuan airport were also canceled, with mid-strength Typhoon Maria expected to arrive at around 8 p.m. and bear down on the island with heavy rainfall and sustained winds of up to 191 kilometers per hour (119 miles per hour).

Taiwan is expected to feel the effects through midday Wednesday before Maria moves west and makes landfall in China.

In Yilan county's Pacific coast village of Yingshi, 274 villagers left their homes amid moderate rainfall, according to Chiu Cheng-hung of the central government's disaster response center.SEE MORE