Despite the typhoon, most offices and schools are open on Saturdays

Taipei, September 2nd (CNA) Most offices and schools in Taiwan will maintain normal business hours on Saturday Despite the approach of Typhoon Hinnamnor, according to the General Directorate of Personnel.

Hinnamnool is expected to bring heavy rainfall to northern and northeastern Taiwan, but New Taipei City is the only city to announce office and school closures in the mountainous areas of Ruifang, Pingxi, Shuangxi and Gongliao.

Typhoon Hinnamnor was located 400 kilometers east of Eluanbi, on the southern tip of Taiwan, and was moving north at 7 kilometers per hour as of 8 p.m. Friday, according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB). .

With a radius of 250 km, the storm carried sustained winds up to 162 km/h and gusts up to 198 km/h, according to the CWB.

A landing warning was due to be issued after midnight, but Hinnamnor said it could be postponed due to lack of movement for the past three hours.

However, the storms are likely to intensify and still pose a major threat to Taiwan as they could bring heavy rain across the country on Saturday, forecasters said.

As a precautionary measure, the Soil and Water Conservation Department has issued landslide warnings to 84 mountain villages in New Taipei, Taoyuan and Hsinchu counties, advising residents in these areas to evacuate.

The transport ministry said the storm canceled 31 flights and 71 ferry services on Friday, adding that a further 63 ferry services on 10 routes would be canceled on Saturday. Despite the typhoon, most offices and schools are open on Saturdays

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