Schools, offices in parts of Taiwan to close on Friday due to typhoon

TAIPEI (CNA) — Seven cities and counties in northern and eastern Taiwan announced school and office closures for Friday, when severe Typhoon Lekima is expected to bring strong winds and heavy rain to the island.

As of 8:50 p.m. Thursday, the cities and county that have announced closures for Friday are Taipei City, New Taipei City, Keelung City, Taoyuan City, Hsinchu City, Hsinchu County and Yilan County, according to the Directorate-General of Personnel Administration.

As of 8 p.m. Thursday, Lekima was located at sea about 350 kilometers east of Taipei, moving at a speed of 18 kilometers per hour in a northwesterly direction, according to data from the Central Weather Bureau.

It was packing maximum sustained winds of 191 kph, with gusts of up to 234 kph, the bureau said.

By Christie Chen