Taiwan, China on alert as typhoons approach
BEIJING (REUTERS) - Taiwan issued torrential rain and strong wind warnings for most of the island on Wednesday as slow-moving Typhoon Saola approached, while in China, Premier Wen Jiabao told authorities to be on the highest alert to prevent deaths.
The typhoon has winds of about 119kmh and could bring up to 1,000mm of rain to parts of Taiwan over the rest of the week, the Central Weather Bureau said.
The storm is likely to skirt the northern tip of the island on Thursday, though there was also a chance it could make landfall, it said.
Heavy rain was falling in the capital Taipei on Wednesday and city authorities will decide later in the day whether to order businesses and financial markets to close on Thursday.