Tourists Evacuated, Flights Canceled as Typhoon Dujuan Approaches Taiwan
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Typhoon Dujuan is gathering strength as it approaches Taiwan, and the threat of high winds, heavy rains and rough seas caused an evacuation of tourist-filled outlying islands, suspension of ferry service and put a damper on fall festival plans, the AFP reported. Flight cancellations at area airports are happening as well.
Arriving a mere month after Typhoon Soudelor struck the island, Dujuan is the equivalent of a strong Category 4 hurricane as of Sunday evening, Taiwan time, packing maximum winds of 145 mph, according to Weather.com.
Already impacting Okinawa Sunday evening, the weather network predicts Japan’s southern Ryukyu Islands and northern Taiwan, including the city of Taipei, will see the storm as a “strong typhoon,” facing Category 3 winds of 115 mph. The Japanese islands can expect the worst as Sunday turns to Monday, and Taiwan/Taipei will see the storm's peak late Monday into Tuesday. Weakened, it will strike mainland China as Tuesday turns to Wednesday, Weather.com said.
The weather network expects the eyewall to at least “rake” northern Taiwan, bringing damaging winds, torrential rainfall, flooding and mudslides.
Taiwan issued a sea warning Sunday morning as Dujuan approached, the AFP said, and the island’s Central Weather Bureau has put a typhoon warning in place for northern and eastern parts of the isle.
"It's at the upper limit of a moderate storm, and we do not rule out that it gets stronger," a Taiwan's weather bureau spokesperson said to the AFP.
Almost 3,000 people, mostly tourists, were evacuated from the outlying Green and Orchid islands Sunday, and ferry service was then suspended, the local tourism bureau told the AFP.
Dujuan is also throwing a wrench into Mid-Autumn Festival plans. Also called the Moon Festival, the Taiwanese tradition has families gather to moon-gaze over a long weekend.
Commercial air service is starting to be affected by the typhoon.
Flightaware.com is showing 30 canceled Sunday flights and 23 canceled Monday flights for Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, and the latter number is likely to rise.
Japanese carrier All Nippon Airways tweeted that it expected normal operations at all airports except for Taipei’s Taoyuan and Songshan, Xiamen on mainland China as well as Miyako and Ishigaki on the island of Okinawa.
As always, travelers, check with your airlines for up-to-the minute information on delays or cancellations.
?ANA Domestic/18:30?Good weather conditions is expected on SEP 28, except for Miyako, Ishigaki airport due to typhoon.— ANA Flight Info (@ANAFlightInfo_e) September 27, 2015
?International/21:00?Normal operation is expected on SEP 28, except for Taipei(Taoyuan), Taipei(Songshan), Xiamen airports due to typhoon.— ANA Flight Info (@ANAFlightInfo_e) September 27, 2015
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