Transportation disrupted due to approaching typhoon

Taipei, Air, sea and land transport in Taiwan was disrupted Tuesday as Super Typhoon Maria approached the island.

As of 10 a.m., 117 domestic flights had been canceled, while 161 international and cross-strait flights had been canceled and 20 delayed, according to the Civil Aeronautics Administration.

Meanwhile, a total of 50 ship departures and arrivals on 12 routes were canceled Tuesday, according to statistics from the Maritime and Port Bureau.

Taoyuan Metro Corp. also announced the suspension of the Taoyuan Airport MRT in-town check-in service at A1 Taipei Main Station from 3p.m. and direct train services between the airport and Taipei from 6:45p.m.

As the country braces for strong winds and torrential rainfall, Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport Co., the Freeway Bureau and other transportation agencies have been making preparations to deal with the impact of the approaching typhoon.

The airport convened a preparatory meeting earlier Tuesday, directing operational units to inspect emergency preparedness and response measures.

The Freeway Bureau has established a command center to deal with disasters and emergency situations, including closing sections of road if necessary.

The Directorate General of Highways is also considering the possibility of closing roads likely to be impacted by the periphery of the storm as it moves closer to northeast Taiwan late on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the Taiwan Railways Administration said trains will operate as normal until 4 p.m.

As of 2:30 p.m., Maria was 370 kilometers east of Yilan moving at a speed of 30 kilometers per hour in a west-northwesterly direction. Its storm circle is approaching waters near northeast Taiwan and likely to pose a threat to areas north of Changhua and Hualien, as well as the offshore islands of Matsu, according to the Central Weather Bureau.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel