Flights canceled as Taiwan battens down for powerful typhoon

13 July, 2018, 08:33 | Author: Wade Massey
  • CWB projection of Typhoon Maria's path

Eighty-six teams made up of around 1,500 workers from Fujian Expressway Group are on standby to fix any damage caused by the typhoon while local firefighters prepared for rescue missions, the report added.

Gale forecast: From July 11 to 12, the oceanfront to the east of Taiwan, most portions of East China Sea, Taiwan Strait, coastal areas of Fujian, sea areas of Taiwan, Zhejiang coastal regions and the Yangtze River estuary area will be stricken by scale 7-10 gale.

The typhoon brought heavy rain to Zhejiang, a province neighboring Fujian, and forced the cancelation of 206 flights. Two people were injured by falling tree limbs in Taipei on Tuesday, according to the government's disaster response center. Officials took high precautions on Tuesday for the first typhoon of the season, warning about floods and landslides, and evacuating thousands of people in the mountainous areas.

The storm began last week in warm waters approximately 500 kilometers northwest of U.S. territory of Guam.

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In the provincial capital Fuzhou and the neighbouring city of Ningde, 110, 200 people were affected and more than 40 homes collapsed, the report said. Seven cities and counties ordered work and school closures for the day.

Maximum wind speeds have been measured gusting up to 59.3 meters per second (132.6 miles per hour) in Xiapu County's Sansha district, stated Fujian Meteorological Bureau in a Weibo post.

Also yesterday: Shanghai Railroad Bureau temporarily halted ticket sales to a number of cities, including Shenzhen, in Guangdong province. Hongqiao Railway Station canceled 49 trains yesterday. Hong Kong's Cathay Pacific, said more than a dozen flights had been cancelled.

Hongqiao later introduced six extra trains to Wenzhou.

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