Taiwan battens down for Typhoon Talim, ships warned, flights cancelled

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In response, Taiwan issued a maritime alert, while the two largest airlines - China Airlines EVA Airways - canceled some inbound and outbound worldwide flights.

However, the typhoon has been changing its course and does not seem to be completely predictable in the moment.

Typhoon Talim is expected to hit north and northeast parts of Taiwan hardest Wednesday into Thursday, with heavy rains and strong winds with a maximum wind speed of 33m/s, and radius of 15m/s 180km, according to Taiwan's Central Weather Bureau.

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.

Formosa Petrochemical Corporation, Taiwan's second-biggest oil supplier, said it had prepared to close its supply port if necessary as Talim approached, although it was waiting for a government directive.

Typhoons are a seasonal routine for Taiwan, but the island has stepped up preparations since Typhoon Morakat in 2009.

Most of the people were being evacuated from 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, the newspaper said.

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The news agency said relevant government agencies were told to monitor Talim and take emergency measures in a timely manner, according to a statement on the official website of Fujian province.

China's National Meteorological Centre warned on Tuesday that Talim could intensify and turn into a super typhoon as it churned towards Taiwan and Zhejiang and Fujian provinces on the mainland.

The railway bureau in Shanghai, north of Zhejiang, said it had stopped selling tickets for hundreds of trains.

The storm is expected to turn northeast towards Japan on Friday.

Up to half a million people were being moved from their homes in south-eastern China yesterday as the region braced itself for a "giant" typhoon that is expected to make landfall later in the week.

The Fujian meteorological agency said it would maintain its yellow alert for Talim, the second-lowest in the four-tier warning system.

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.