Taiwan issues sea, land alert as typhoon nears
TAIPEI (Reuters) – Taiwan issued sea and land warnings as
Typhoon Longwang approached the island, the Central Weather
Bureau said on Saturday.
As of 0115 GMT on Saturday, the center of the storm was
about 550 km (340 miles) east of Taiwan and traveling northwest
at 22 kph, with sustained winds of up to 184 kph and maximum
gusts of 227 kph, the Central Weather Bureau said.
“Rains are expected to fall harder in the north and east
late today due to the typhoon and winds will become gradually
stronger in the coastal areas,” the bureau said in a statement.
Typhoons frequently hit Taiwan, Japan, the Philippines,
Hong Kong and southern China during a typhoon season that lasts
from early summer to late autumn.
Financial markets, government offices, schools and
businesses have had to shut several times this year due to
In 2001, one of Taiwan’s deadliest years for storms,
Typhoon Toraji, killed 200 people. A few months later, Typhoon
Nari caused Taipei’s worst flooding on record and killed 100.