Thousands of tourists have been evacuated and more than 100 flights cancelled as Typhoon Nepartak bares down on Taiwan.
People have been warned to brace for extreme winds and lashing rains as the first typhoon of the season approaches the mainland, due to make landfall today.
According to local government officials, since Tuesday, more than 3,000 visitors have been evacuated from Green Island and Orchid Island, two popular tourist spots off south-eastern Taitung county.
Most domestic flights were grounded while 106 international flights would be affected, as reported on Taipei’s two main airport websites.
Conditions are expected to deteriorate significantly before the storm hits, the weather bureau said, adding the tropical storm had a radius of 200 kilometres and was moving west-northwest at a speed of 13 km/ph.
Travellers are being urged to check with their airline for updates on flight departures.