Taiwan Braces for Typhoon Dujuan as Airlines Cancel FlightsChinmei Sung
Typhoon Dujuan lashed Taiwan with rain and wind as it neared the island on Monday, forcing schools to shut, disrupting land and air traffic and forcing the evacuation of more than 100 people.
Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. canceled or delayed about 30 flights Monday and Tuesday, the airline company said in a text message. Mandarin Airlines canceled all domestic flights from noon while TransAsia Airways and Uni Air also canceled several dozen flights, according to Taipei Songshan Airport. More than 10 flights between Taiwan and China had either been canceled or delayed, the airport said.
The storm had closed to within 60 kilometers (37 miles) northeast of Taiwan’s eastern county of Hualian by 5 p.m. local time Monday, the Central Weather Bureau said. Dujuan is moving west-northwest at 21 kilometers an hour and is forecast to come within 230 kilometers west of Taiwan’s Matsu island by 5 p.m. Tuesday. The typhoon had maximum sustained winds of 184 kilometers an hour and gusts as high as 227 kilometers an hour, according to the bureau.
As of 10 a.m., 113 people had been evacuated and shelter had been found for 52 of them, the National Fire Agency said on its website.
Bullet-train services will be suspended from 3 p.m. as a precautionary measure, Taiwan High Speed Rail Corp. said in a statement on its website. Part of the metro subway system had also been suspended.
Taiwan’s offices and financial markets are closed Monday for the annual Mid-Autumn Festival holiday.