Taiwan On Alert as Super Typhoon Nepartak Closes In

Taiwan On Alert as Super Typhoon Nepartak Closes In
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As of 8 pm on Thursday, a total of 19 cities and counties across Taiwan have declared a typhoon day for Friday.

Taiwan on Thursday was bracing for the arrival of Typhoon Nepartak, a massive storm that will likely cause heavy rains and flooding.

Packing winds of up to 245 kph, the first major storm of the season is expected to make landfall in Taitung, southeast Taiwan, around 2 am on Friday. Land and sea alerts have been declared for all regions.

The Central Weather Bureau has issued an extremely heavy rain advisory for Yilan, Hualien and Taitung, and a heavy rain advisory for northern parts of the country.

As of 8 pm on Thursday, Taipei, New Taipei City, Keelung, Greater Kaohsiung, Hualien County, Taitung County, Miaoli County, Nantou County, Greater Taichung, Changhua County, Hsinchu County, Hsinchu City, Greater Taoyuan, Pingtung County, Penghu County, Yunlin County, Chiayi County, Chiayi City and Greater Tainan had cancelled work and classes for Friday.

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More than 100 flights arriving at and departing from Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport have been affected.

Services on the High Speed Rail and express trains from the Taiwan Railways Administration will be suspended until at least 5 pm on Friday. Local cinema chains Vieshow Cinemas and Ambassador Theatres have announced they will be closed from 10 p.m. Thursday until noon Friday.

Named after a conquering warrior from the island of Kosrae in Micronesia, Nepartak formed in the Pacific Ocean, south of Guam. According to CNN, meteorologists and storm chasers are calling Typhoon Nepartak a “near-perfect” storm.

The last major typhoon to hit Taiwan was Soudelor in August 2015, which caused NT$2.3 billion (US$71 million) in damage and killed about 40 people in Taiwan, China and Pacific Islands.

First Editor: Olivia Yang
Second Editor: Edward White
Updated by: J. Michael Cole