Taipei, Typhoon Mangkhut, which has made its way from the Pacific Ocean to the South China Sea, has caused both sea and air travel disruptions in Taiwan on Saturday.
The Maritime Port Bureau announced that it has canceled 58 ferry services between Taiwan, its outlying islands and China throughout the day due to inclement weather.
Passengers affected include those who wish to travel to Taiwan's Matsu, Penghu, Little Liuqiu, Orchid and Green islands, as well as to Fuzhou city in Fujian province China.
In terms of air traffic, as of noon Saturday, 15 domestic flights and six international flights have been canceled due to the storm, according to Taiwan's Civil Aeronautics Administration.
Taiwan's state-owned carrier China Airlines (CAL) announced that all flights to Hong Kong from Taipei, Kaohsiung and Tainan will be canceled on Sunday.
It will also cancel all Taipei-Shenzhen and Kaohsiung-Shenzhen flights on the same day.
Airlines Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon said they will cancel flights between Hong Kong and Taoyuan, Taichung and Kaohsiung on Sunday.
EVA Airways meanwhile said it will cancel all flights to Hong Kong, Macau, Guangzhou and Shenzhen on Sunday.
In addition, EVA Air said that on Monday, it will cancel flight BR828 from Hong Kong to Taoyuan.
The carrier said it also will use bigger aircraft that day on flights BR867/BR868/BR809/BR810 between Hong Kong and Taoyuan, as well as flights BR807/BR808/BR811/BR806 between Macau and Taoyuan.
As of 11 a.m. Saturday, Typhoon Mangkhut was centered some 420 kilometers south-southwest of Taiwan's southernmost tip, moving at a speed of 25 kilometers per hour in a west-northwesterly direction, according to the Central Weather Bureau.
With a radius of 300 kilometers, the storm was carrying maximum sustained winds of 173 kph, with gusts of up to 209 kph, according to the bureau.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel