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Taiwan issues warning as Typhoon Maria approaches

AFP  |  Taipei 

Ferries were suspended and farmers rushed for last-minute harvests today as braced for Typhoon Maria, with warnings of possible mudslides and flooding as the nears.

Maria was 1,100 kilometres (684 miles) east-southeast of the capital with gusts of up to 200 kilometres an hour as of 2:30 pm local time (0630 GMT).

Waves were starting to pound the island's north and east coasts with the weather bureau predicting the typhoon's impact would be strongest tomorrow night and Wednesday morning.

"We urge the public to be vigilant and to cooperate with any preventative evacuation," said.

No evacuations have taken place so far but Yeh warned that heavy rains posed the risk of floodwaters and mudslides.

The defence ministry announced more than 30,000 soldiers would be on standby to help with disaster prevention.

The typhoon would not make a direct hit if it continued on its current trajectory, which would see it skim Taiwan's northern tip, according to the weather bureau.

The bureau urged the public to avoid water activities and warned fishing boats to take precautions in a today afternoon sea warning.

Dozens of to offshore islands were suspended today.

Local television footage also showed farmers rushing to harvest fruit and vegetables ahead of the typhoon.

is frequently hit by in the summer. Last year, more than 100 people were injured when Typhoon Nesat battered the island, causing flooding and widespread power outages.

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First Published: Mon, July 09 2018. 15:00 IST