Taiwan cancels flights, closes schools as typhoon nears

epa07881419 Dark clouds loom over Keelung port as typhoon Mitag is expected to hit northern Taiwan, in Keelung, Taiwan, 30 September 2019. According to report, Typhoon Mitag will disrupt air, land and water traffic. Mitag is located at sea about 290 kilometers off the south-southeast of Yilan County, moving at 27 kilometers per hour at a northwesterly direction, with maximum sustained winds of 126 kilometers per hour, with gusts of up to 162 kilometers per hour, and with a radius of 180 kilometers, according to Taiwan Central Weather Bureau. EPA-EFE/RITCHIE B. TONGO

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Authorities in Taiwan have shut financial markets, canceled flights and put soldiers on standby as the island braces for the powerful Mitag typhoon. President Tsai Ing-wen urged residents to stay indoors if possible.

Typhoon Mitag was heading towards Taiwan on Monday, with the authorities expecting it to hit northern and north-eastern part of the island in the evening and early Tuesday.

Mitag was packing sustained winds of 126 kilometres per hour, with gusts reaching 162 kilometres per hour, Taiwan’s weather bureau said.

The storm was located some 300 kilometres southeast of the island early on Monday and heading towards it at the speed of 25 kilometres per hour.

Typhoon Mitag to hit Taiwan
Dark clouds loom over Keelung port as typhoon Mitag is expected to hit northern Taiwan, in Keelung, Taiwan, 30 September 2019. According to report, Typhoon Mitag will disrupt air, land and water traffic.  EPA-EFE/RITCHIE B. TONGO

 

Via Taiwan News

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