Eastern Taiwan ferry services to be suspended due to typhoon

Taipei, Ferry services between Orchid Island and Taitung and Pingtung counties will be suspended from Wednesday morning to Friday as Super Typhoon Kong-rey approaches, ferry operators announced Tuesday.

Service between Taitung Fugang Fishery Harbor and Orchid Island and between Houbihu in Pingtung County and Orchid Island will be suspended at 9 a.m. Wednesday due to the anticipated inclement weather and high winds from the typhoon's periphery, the operators said.

Ferry service could resume Saturday depending on the storm's location and how much it is affecting the weather in the area, according to the operators.

Current CWB projections show Kong-rey passing by Taiwan to the north as it heads in a northwest direction toward the Chinese coast before veering away toward South Korea and Japan.

It is forecast to come closest to Taiwan on Thursday and Friday, when its outer rim brings strong winds and heavy rain to the northern and eastern parts of the country, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said.

Because uncertainties remain over Kong-Rey's path, the bureau has not ruled out issuing a sea warning for the typhoon and said it should have a better feel for the storm's movements on Wednesday.

As of 8 a.m. Tuesday, Kong Rey was located about 1,340 kilometers east-southeast of Taiwan's southernmost tip and was traveling at a speed of 18 kilometers per hour in a northwesterly direction, according to the CWB.

Kong-Rey was packing maximum sustained winds of 198 kph, with gusts of up to 245 kph, according to CWB data.

On Tuesday, the weather will be sunny throughout Taiwan, with daytime highs ranging from 28 to 32 degrees Celsius, the bureau said.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel