Taiwan evacuates 2,000 tourists as super-typhoon looms

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Typhoon Soulik
July 11, 2013TAIWANThe typhoon, packing gusts of up to 227 kilometers (140 miles) per hour, was 960 kilometers east of the island’s southernmost tip as of 0300 GMT, Taiwan’s Central Weather Bureau said. Soulik is moving west-northwest towards Taiwan at about 22 kilometers per hour and could narrowly skip or make landfall in the north of the island sometime between late Friday and Saturday morning, the bureau said. “The public must heighten their vigilance as the typhoon will certainly bring strong winds and heavy rains,” a weather forecaster told AFP. Authorities on Thursday evacuated 2,300 tourists from Green Island, off the southeastern city of Taitung, and issued a warning to ships sailing north and east off Taiwan to take special precaution. The Hong Kong Observatory has classified Soulik as a “super typhoon” on its website, while Taiwan’s weather bureau listed it as a “strong typhoon.”…

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