While the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) expects tropical storm Mitag to make landfall in eastern and northern Taiwan on Monday, agencies are preparing for strong winds and heavy rain.
Taiwan High Speed Rail (HSR) announced on Sunday that it expects to continue running on a regular schedule until 2 pm on Monday. It plans to announce updates to service by 10 am on September 30 as Mitag bears down on eastern Taiwan.
All HSR staff have been instructed to monitor the weather conditions at stations and ensure the safety of passengers. Passengers who may be affected by weather-related service disruptions should check the HSR website prior to departure or use the T Express app.
Passengers whose trains are cancelled due to the tropical storm can receive a refund within one a year of the date of the service disruption. Delays will not fall under the HSR’s refund policy as train speeds may be limited due to the weather.
As of 8 am Sunday, Mitag had sustained winds of 101 km/hr (62 mph) with gust up to 126 km/hr (78 mph). The CWB has issued a tropical storm land warning for Yilan, Taitung, and Hualien counties. There are also extreme heavy rain advisories for Keelung City, Taipei City, New Taipei City, and Yilan County. Areas in central and southern Taiwan are not expected to experience any severe weather.
Taipei, New Taipei, Keelung, Taoyuan, Hsinchu County, Yilan County, as well as Lyudao and Lanyu townships in Taitung County have cancelled classes and work for Monday.