Taiwan issues land warning for typhoon

Women take photos from a viewing deck overlooking Hong Kong's Victoria harbour as Typhoon Linfa approaches on July 9, 2015

TAIPEI, Taiwan - The Central Weather Bureau (CWB) issued a land warning for Typhoon Chan-hom for Northern Taiwan on 8:30 p.m. yesterday.

The CWB included Taipei City, New Taipei City, Keelung City, Taoyuan City and Yilan County in its typhoon warning area. Torrential rainfalls might also occur north of Nantou, the CWB said.

Local governments in Taipei City, New Taipei City, Keelung City, Taoyuan City and Lianchiang County announced suspensions of work today due to the storm.

The storm, which has veered north from its previous trajectory and is more distant from Taiwan than earlier expected, will be closest to Taiwan during daytime today. The typhoon was packing maximum sustained winds of 155 kilometers per hour, with gusts reaching 191 kilometers per hour as of 8 p.m., the bureau said. The storm's centre was 640 kilometers east of Taipei, heading in a northwesterly direction at a speed of 24 kilometers per hour.

Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) and the Taiwan High Speed Rail Corporation (THSRC) said that services will remain as scheduled before noon today. The THSRC said it will announce schedules for trains after 1 p.m. today on 10 a.m.

International flights cancelled due to the typhoon today include China Airlines flights CI678 from Hong Kong to Taipei and CI641/642 flights between Taipei and Hong Kong. Mandarin Airlines flights AE 2282/2283 between Taichung and Okinawa, Japan, are also cancelled.

Mandarin Airlines has cancelled all its domestic flights departing from Taipei today. Uni Air announced that it will cancel all domestic flights from or to Taipei before noon and will decide whether to resume flights after that based on weather conditions. TransAsia Airways has also cancelled all domestic flights from or to Taipei today. Far Eastern Air Transport will cancel all domestic flights except the 7:10 a.m. flight from Songshan to Magong, the 7:50 a.m. flight from Songshan to Kinmen, the 7:10 a.m. flight from Kaohsiung to Magong and the 8:35 a.m. flight from Magong to Kaohsiung.

The Examination Yuan announced that the civil servant examinations slated for today will be delayed to tomorrow.