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Taiwan battens down after warning about tropical storm

Taipei City Government engineering staff move an auto-pay station booth in preparation for Tropical Storm Trami in Taipei on Tuesday, Aug 20, 2013. Just last month, Typhoon Soulik battered Taiwan with torrential rain and powerful winds, leaving two p
Taipei City Government engineering staff move an auto-pay station booth in preparation for Tropical Storm Trami in Taipei on Tuesday, Aug 20, 2013. Just last month, Typhoon Soulik battered Taiwan with torrential rain and powerful winds, leaving two people dead and at least 100 injured. -- PHOTO: AFP
Residents move their food stands in preparation for Tropical Storm Trami in Taipei on Tuesday, Aug 20, 2013. Residents of some low-lying areas in the capital piled up sandbags. -- PHOTO: AFP
Residents move their food stands in preparation for Tropical Storm Trami in Taipei on Tuesday, Aug 20, 2013. Residents of some low-lying areas in the capital piled up sandbags. -- PHOTO: AFP
Residents pack up their food stands in preparation for Tropical Storm Trami in Taipei on Tuesday, Aug 20, 2013. Officials at the Central Weather Bureau said the impact may be felt mostly from Wednesday night through Thursday morning. -
Residents pack up their food stands in preparation for Tropical Storm Trami in Taipei on Tuesday, Aug 20, 2013. Officials at the Central Weather Bureau said the impact may be felt mostly from Wednesday night through Thursday morning. -- PHOTO: AFP
Residents move their food stands in preparation for Tropical Storm Trami in Taipei on Tuesday, Aug 20, 2013. The Central Weather Bureau said the storm would bring heavy rain from Tuesday night even if it did not make landfall. -- PHOTO: AFP
Residents move their food stands in preparation for Tropical Storm Trami in Taipei on Tuesday, Aug 20, 2013. The Central Weather Bureau said the storm would bring heavy rain from Tuesday night even if it did not make landfall. -- PHOTO: AFP
Taipei City Government engineering staff move a store booth in preparation for Tropical Storm Trami in Taipei on Tuesday, Aug 20, 2013. More than 1,000 tourists were evacuated from an island and troops were deployed on Tuesday in preparation for the
Taipei City Government engineering staff move a store booth in preparation for Tropical Storm Trami in Taipei on Tuesday, Aug 20, 2013. More than 1,000 tourists were evacuated from an island and troops were deployed on Tuesday in preparation for the possible arrival of the storm. -- PHOTO: AFP

TAIPEI (AFP) - Taiwan evacuated more than 1,000 tourists from an island and deployed troops on Tuesday in preparation for the possible arrival of Tropical Storm Trami.

The Central Weather Bureau said the storm would bring heavy rain from Tuesday night even if it did not make landfall.

"Starting from tonight, there will be heavy or very heavy rain in the mountainous areas of the north-east and west," the bureau said in a statement.

The storm, with gusts up to 126 kilometres per hour, was moving west north-west at a speed of 23 kilometres per hour.

Officials at the bureau said the impact may be felt mostly from Wednesday night through Thursday morning.

In reaction to the warning, ferries operating between the south-eastern city of Taitung and Green Island evacuated 1,700 tourists.

Television images showed hundreds of fishing boats packing Suao, a fishing port in the northeast county of Ilan which is likely to bear the brunt of the storm.

Nearby, the military deployed 300 soldiers and four amphibious rescue vehicles.

In the capital Taipei, residents of some low-lying areas piled up sandbags.

Last month, Typhoon Soulik battered Taiwan with torrential rain and powerful winds, leaving two people dead and at least 100 injured.

Roofs were ripped from homes, debris and fallen trees littered the streets and some areas were submerged by floods.