Taiwan gears up for Typhoon Talim, China to witness twin storms

Elias Hubbard
September 13, 2017

The typhoon is about 650 km east of Taiwan and it is expected to intensify later in the day.

While the island nation is now experiencing a wet weather, winds and rainfall is expected to increase in northern Taiwan as Talim approaches the eastern side. "It's been expected to hit Taiwan directly, but its trajectory has altered further northward and eastward", said Premier William Lai. Localized higher amounts of up to 300 mm (12 inches) will be possible across the higher terrain of Taiwan. Rough seas conditions have also been forecast.

As many as half a million people may need to be evacuated if the storm intensifies, according to Chinese media reports.

Most of Taiwan's refineries are in the central and southern regions. "Before Morakot, people were taking chances, sort of like gambling", said Li Wei-sen, secretary-general with the government's Science and Technology Center for Disaster Reduction.

In preparation, numerous flights scheduled for Wednesday have been cancelled and some have been postponed.

Two of the largest carriers in Taiwan namely EVA airways and China Airlines, may cancel a few of their worldwide flights in view of the typhoon.

The level of alert remains high, and two of China's largest carriers, China Airlines and EVA Airways, said they will cancel inbound and outbound worldwide flights.

Typhoon Talim is also likely to affect Hong Kong, as it may come within 800 km of the city on Thursday, September 14, reported the Hong Kong Standard.

Any downed trees and road washouts can lead to travel disruptions well after the storm leaves the area. The landfall is expected later this week.

"Talim is a giant".

Most of the people lived in properties that were unlikely to withstand the high winds, or in areas that were prone to flooding and mudslides, or were close to construction sites where they could be hit by flying debris.

One forecaster told the South China Morning Post that Talim may be as powerful as Hurricane Irma, which devastated much of the Caribbean before it struck the USA state of Florida this week.

Meanwhile down south, forecasters are keeping their eyes on another storm that was just upgraded to a typhoon and is gaining traction southwest of Talim, with winds of 18 meters per second.

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