Typhon alert for Taiwan

Typhon alert for TaiwanFilipino forecasters have warned fishing boats not to venture out to sea and commercial ships to watch out for big waves as a powerful typhoon roars off the country's northeastern coast.

The category five typhoon Nepartak is now heading toward Taiwan, forcing thousands of tourists and residents to evacuate offshore islands, the BBC reported.

Around 3,000 tourists have been evacuated from the Green and Orchid Islands, two popular tourists spots off south-eastern Taitung county, said local government officials.

Also there is a high risk of flooding and mudslides as high winds and lashing rains were expected.
Thousands of troops have been mobilized across Taiwan and emergency services ramped up.
A storm is classed as a super typhoon if it reaches maximum sustained 1-minute surface winds of at least 65 m/s (145mph).
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