Typhoon Noul disrupts traffic to Taiwan’s outlying islands

eTaiwan News
Date: 2015-05-10
By: Central News Agency

Taipei, May 10 (CNA) Domestic flights and ferries from Taitung in southeast Taiwan to the outlying Green Island and Orchid Island (Lanyu) were canceled Sunday due to peripheral effects from Typhoon Noul and it remains to be seen whether these services will resume Monday, the Taitung County government said Sunday. The county government also reminded people who want to head to the two islands to pay particular attention to the transport situation to and from these areas. The announcement came after the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) issued a sea warning for Typhoon Noul Sunday morning. As of Sunday evening, Noul’s center was located near 18.3 north latitude and 122.5 east longitude, about 430 km south southeast of Taiwan’s southernmost point of Eluanbi, moving in a north-northeast path at 20 km per hour, according to the bureau, The typhoon is over the Bashi Channel and could pose a threat to the areas off the channel and Taiwan’s southeastern and northeastern coasts. The bureau urged people and fishing boats to avoid activities or operations along the coastal areas of Green Island, Orchid Island (Lanyu) and the Hengchun Peninsula of the southernmost county of Pingtung on Monday morning since rough waves could be seen there. Noul is expected to weaken in strength as it makes landfall in the Philippines but it could bring some rain and wind to Taiwan Sunday night and Monday morning when its path is nearest to the country, according to the bureau. The typhoon may bring significant rainfall to mountainous areas around the country that fall under its influence, it added. (By Tyson Lu, Chen Wei-ting and Evelyn Kao)

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