Closures announced in Taiwan as Typhoon Usagi nears

Closures announced in Taiwan as Typhoon Usagi nears
This NASA Terra satellite image obtained September 19, 2013 shows Typhoon Usagi nearing the Philippines and southern Taiwan.

TAIWAN - With Super Typhoon Usagi bearing down, 12 cities, counties and townships including Kaohsiung, Tainan, Pingtung, Yunlin, Chiayi, Hualien, Taitung and Penghu announced Friday evening that offices and schools are closed today.

Local governments of the above-mentioned cities and counties also advised residents to stay at home due on the concerns over the super typhoon. Jianshi and Wufeng townships in Northern Taiwan's Hsinchu County also decided to close offices and schools on Saturday.

Jianshi and Wufeng townships in Northern Taiwan's Hsinchu County also decided to call off work and classes on Saturday, according to the Directorate-General of Personnel Administration under the Executive Yuan.

The eastern counties of Taitung and Hualien announced earlier that offices and schools will be closed on Saturday as well.

The Central Weather Bureau (CWB) issued land warning for Typhoon Usagi at 8:30 a.m. yesterday.

As of 7 p.m. yesterday, Usagi was centered about 380 km east-southeast of Taiwan's southernmost tip at Eluanbi, moving in a west-northwesterly direction at a speed of 19 kph.

The storm was packing maximum sustained winds of 198 kph, with gusts reaching 245 kph, the bureau said.

Usagi's radius is expected to touch the Hengchun Peninsula overnight Friday, but there is little chance of the typhoon making direct landfall, the Central News Agency quoted weather forecasters as saying.

Heavy rain is expected in Eastern, Southern and Central Taiwan, according to the CWB, which suggested that residents be wary of falling rocks, landslides, flash floods and flooding in low-lying areas.

 

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