Schools and offices in several municipalities in southern Taiwan and some eastern areas will be closed Wednesday due to approaching Typhoon Meranti, the local governments announced Tuesday night.
As of 8:55 p.m. Tuesday, complete closures were announced in Kaohsiung City, Pingtung County, Hualien County, Taitung County and Penghu County.
Chiayi City, meanwhile, said schools and government offices will be open until noon Wednesday and an announcement will be made at 10 a.m. about whether they will be closed for the other half of the day.
Schools and offices in Chiayi County will be open Wednesday, except five elementary schools in rural townships.
Tainan City was the only local government in southern Taiwan that had not made any announcements about closures on Wednesday. [Update: Schools and offices in Taianan will be open before noon Wednesday, but closed for the second half of the day (10:40 pm)]
Elsewhere in the country, Wednesday will remain a normal work and school day and the stock and forex markets will be open as usual.
As of 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Meranti was centered 290 kilometers east-southeast of Hengchun Township in Pingtung County, moving at a speed of 21 kilometers per hour in a west-northwesterly direction toward the southernmost tip of Taiwan, according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).
The storm was carrying maximum sustained winds of 216 km per hour, with gusts of up to 270 km per hour, according to CWB data.
The bureau has issued a land warning for areas south of Taichung and Hualien, as well as for Penghu, and has cautioned about strong winds in the Greater Taipei area from early Wednesday.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel