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Taipei orders school and office closures as typhoon approaches

Pedestrians walked in a downpour brought by Typhoon Soudelor in Taipei on Thursday.David Chang/EPA

Taiwan’s capital ordered schools and offices closed Friday evening as a typhoon headed toward the island with winds reaching 130 miles per hour.

The sun shone and trees swayed in a light breeze at 11 a.m. in Taipei though rainfall was forecast to intensify in the city of 2.7 million and across the island in the afternoon. The Central Weather Bureau said Typhoon Soudelor could cause landslides and flooding.

The storm is the fourth typhoon this year to trigger Taiwan sea or land warnings in Taiwan. The city of Hsinchu, where many technology companies are located, also ordered schools and offices closed Friday evening.

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Soudelor had maximum sustained winds of more than 100 miles per hour and was moving northwest toward the island at about 14 miles per hour. It was expected to hit the Chinese mainland late Saturday, the China Meteorological Administration said.

China Airlines Ltd. canceled two flights between Taipei and Nagoya, Japan because of the story. The airline and EVA Airways Corp. will bring forward some flights to Europe and US today, Taiwan’s Civil Aviation Administration said Thursday.