Taiwan Prepares for Typhoon Soulik

Created: 2013-07-12 15:29 EST

Category: World > Asia Pacific

Taiwan on Friday (July 12) braced itself for Typhoon Soulik, expected to bring heavy rains and strong winds to the island's north-eastern areas.

Fishermen returned to the harbour and police officers directed residents, away from coastal areas.

Soulik is expected to hit northern Taiwan later in the day, before crossing the narrow Taiwan Strait to China's provinces of Fujian and Zhejiang on Saturday (July 13).

Taiwan's China Airlines and Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd, both warned of significant cancellations and disruption of flights to and from Taiwan on their websites.

As of 05:15 GMT, Soulik's centre was located 236 miles (380 km) southeast of Taiwan, and moving at 14 mph (23 kmph), according to the Central Weather Bureau.

Soulik is currently rated a category 2 typhoon on a scale of five, and is expected to weaken to category 1 in 24 hours, according to the Tropical Storm Risk website.