Typhoon Nepartak Causing Flight, Train Cancellations in Taiwan
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As Typhoon Nepartak heads toward Taiwan and China, airlines in the area have begun canceling flights and all bullet train service has been suspended.
According to NBCNews.com, Taiwan’s Central Emergency Operation Center has issued a warning that Typhoon Nepartak will threaten the entire island nation. Residents of Taiwan are advised to take extra caution and prepare for strong winds, heavy rains, flooding and even mudslides.
Typhoon Nepartak is the first of 2016 for Taiwan, and is expected to make landfall on the east coast of the island early Friday. By Saturday, the storm will make its way across the Taiwan Strait and impact mainland China.
Weather experts said wind speeds have already reached around 160 miles per hour at the center of the storm before it made landfall, which classifies it as a super typhoon. The storm missed a direct hit with the Philippines, but officials are still warning all vessels in the area to be cautious as big waves are expected.
For China, meteorologists believe Typhoon Nepartak will weaken into a tropical storm by the time it reaches the mainland Saturday. The news of a lessened storm is good for China, as the nation has already been devastated by heavy flooding that killed around 130 people.
In addition to flights and trains being canceled in Taiwan, the Fujian province of China has canceled all ferries to Taiwan and Taiwan-controlled islands and has suspended most train service.
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