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Taitung and Pingtung counties announce school, office closings

2017/08/21 22:20:44

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Taipei, Aug. 21 (CNA) Taitung and Pingtung counties in southern Taiwan will close schools and offices on Tuesday in anticipation of heavy rain from Tropical Storm Hato, according to the Directorate-General of Personnel Administration.

Meanwhile, ferry services between Donggang and Xiaoliuqiu in Pingtung County will also be suspended on Tuesday, but offices and schools in Kaohsiung will remain open as usual.

As of 9:15 p.m., the storm was 300 kilometers south-southeast of Eluanbi and was moving in a west-northwesterly direction at 16 kilometers per hour, packing maximum sustained winds of 64.8 kph, with gusts of up to 90 kph, according to the Central Weather Bureau.

The bureau warned that the tropical storm may bring torrential rain to Hualien, Taitung and Pingtung counties, advising people in those three counties to brace for possible impacts.

(By Lu Tai-chen and Ko Lin)