Taiwan, China brace for typhoon

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A file photo shows Typhoon Fanapi approaching Taiwan in 2010. Courtesy Jeff Schmaltz/Nasa

TAIPEI/BEIJING (Reuters) –  Taiwan issued a warning to ships and airlines cancelled some flights yesterday as the island braced for Typhoon Talim, which was expected to hit cities including the capital Taipei, before hurtling towards China potentially as a super typhoon.

Talim was expected to gain in strength as it sweeps towards Taiwan’s northern cities, lashing them with strong winds and heavy rain, the Central Weather Bureau said. The brunt of the storm was to be felt last night and today, when it was expected to slam into the north and northeast with maximum sustained wind speeds of 137kph and gusts of up to 173kph, the bureau said. It had not yet been decided whether Taiwan would close financial markets, companies and schools today.

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