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Taiwan Shuts Markets, Offices as Tropical Storm Trami Nears

Aug. 21 (Bloomberg) -- Taiwan shut offices, financial markets and schools in the northern part of the island as Severe Tropical Storm Trami brought steady rains.

About 304 millimeters (12 inches) of rain have fallen in Taipei in the past 48 hours, the Central Weather Bureau said. Trami, with winds gusting to as much as 137 kilometers (85 miles) an hour, was centered 160 kilometers east of Taipei as at 1 p.m. local time. The storm is moving westward at 25 kilometers per hour, the bureau said.

The cities of Taipei, New Taipei and Keelung and Taoyuan county closed offices and canceled classes today, the Central Personnel Administration said on its website. People in low-lying areas should be on alert for possible flooding because of the high tide, according to the weather bureau.

The storm follows Soulik, which lashed Taiwan with winds and rain last month, killing two and injuring more than 100 others. Soulik knocked out electricity from more than half a million households, according to Taiwan Power Co.

Trami, a tropical storm, has yet to make landfall in Taiwan as it approaches from the Philippines, where it left at least eight dead, according to Taiwan’s weather bureau. Taiwan’s Central Emergency Operation Center said one person was injured from a motorcycle accident, according to the center.

China Airlines Ltd. canceled two flights between Taiwan and Hong Kong scheduled for today, it said on its website. Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. canceled more than 20 flights to and from Taipei scheduled to depart between 12:30 p.m. today and 10 a.m. tomorrow, according to an e-mailed statement late yesterday.

Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou cut short a transit stop in Los Angeles as he returned from a diplomatic visit to the Caribbean islands and Paraguay this month, the Central News Agency reported yesterday.

To contact the reporters on this story: Yu-Huay Sun in Taipei at ysun7@bloomberg.net; Janet Ong in Taipei at jong3@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Debra Mao at dmao5@bloomberg.net

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