Strong Typhoon Approaches Taiwan

Friday, October 5th 2007, 8:14 am
By: News On 6

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) _ Heavy rain caused a landslide along a major highway in eastern Taiwan on Friday, and fishermen took shelter in a northern port, as Typhoon Krosa approached the island.

No injuries were reported.

As of 5 p.m. (0900 GMT), Krosa packed winds of 184 kilometers (114 miles) per hour, the Central Weather Bureau said.

It said the typhoon's center was located about 410 kilometers (254 miles) east of coastal Pingtung County, and would make landfall in the northern part of the island early Sunday provided it maintained its current course.

The bureau warned the public to be aware of the possibility of heavy wind and rain.

It also cautioned ships traveling through Taiwan's northeastern and southeastern waters.

Lanyu island, near the eastern coastal city of Taidung, closed schools Friday ahead of the oncoming storm.