Disruption to transport services and links around Taiwan is expected to increase from Monday as preparations for approaching Typhoon Megi ramp into high gear.
Several local airlines said that some of their flights scheduled for the following day have been disrupted as they brace for the approaching typhoon, which is expected to make landfall in eastern Taiwan that day.
Mandarin Airlines said that none of its domestic flights will operate Tuesday, while 13 international and cross-Taiwan Strait flights scheduled for the day have also been canceled due to the the typhoon.
Meanwhile, United Airlines announced that it has moved its Taipei-San Francisco flight UA872 for Tuesday earlier by one hour to 8:50 a.m.
China Southern Airlines also announced it has canceled 12 flights between Taiwan and China for Tuesday.
In addition, the Chiayi Forest District Office under the Forestry Bureau said Monday that the Alishan National Forest Recreation Area and the Aogu Wetland and Forest Park will be closed from Monday afternoon.
People were advised not to visit mountainous or wetland areas in the two areas, as landslides, rockfalls and flooding could be triggered by heavy rainfall during the typhoon in these areas, the office said.
In anticipation of possible torrential rain brought by Megi, the Shihmen Reservoir was to begin discharging water at 6 p.m. Monday, according to the Water Resources Agency.
As of 2 p.m. Monday, the reservoir had accumulated 186 million tons of water, about 92 percent of the reservoir's total storage capacity.
The Taiwan Railways Administration announced Monday that all the company's commuter trains would run normally that day and it was set to announce its services for Tuesday later in the day.
As of 5 p.m. Monday, Megi was centered 490 kilometers east-southeast of Hualien, moving west-northwest at 21 kilometers per hour on a direct path to Taiwan, Central Weather Bureau (CWB) data showed.
The typhoon was packing maximum sustained winds of 155 kph, with gusts of up to 191 kph, according to the bureau, which has issued land and sea warnings for the storm.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel