Taiwanese have been told to brace for extreme winds and lashing rains as the first typhoon of the season (Typhoon Nepartak), approaches the mainland, prompting the evacuation of thousands of tourists and the cancellation of more than 100 flights.

Ferocious winds, drenching rain and battering waves are all likely as the storm makes landfall, weather.com reported. Typhoon warnings have been posted for portions of eastern Taiwan, the country’s Central Weather Bureau said.

The weather bureau said nearly three feet of rain could drench some parts of Taiwan. This can lead to potentially deadly flash flooding, along with mudslides and rock slides, weather.com warned. All fishing boats have been called back to port as waves — as high as 14 metres, according to TV reports — battered the eastern coast.Since Tuesday, more than 3,000 visitors have been evacuated from Green Island and Orchid Island, two popular tourist spots off south-eastern Taitung county, local government officials said.

Taiwan’s Defence Ministry said more than 35,000 soldiers were on standby to help with evacuations and disaster relief, while 90 shelters had been set up.


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