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Typhoon Dujuan Hits Taiwan Hard

Photo Courtesy of South China Morning Post

By Shereen L. (9)
Typhoon season is supposed to be long over, but Taiwan must brace itself for what could potentially be the most powerful storm this year – Typhoon Dujuan.
Dujuan is expected to hit Taiwan at 11:00 PM tonight, bringing heavy wind and rain with it. Over 7,000 people have been evacuated from Orchid Island and Green Island over the weekend since Sunday, when Dujuan’s status was updated to a “strong typhoon,” or “supertyphoon” by the Central Weather Bureau. Taipei has already been affected by heavy rain and wind. Thankfully, however, no injuries have been reported yet.
The typhoon was last reported with wind speeds of 222 kmph, the equivalent of a Category 4 storm. Its scale will be similar to that of the devastating Typhoon Souledor. However, conditions have been further exacerbated by the fact that Dujuan will be coming at a time when tides are already at their highest point in 18 years due to the influence of a full supermoon.
In response to the typhoon, the TAS Campus will be closed tomorrow (9/29), according to a statement on the school website, and there will be no school for the entire day.

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