The Taiwan military is collecting and distributing sandbags
to guard against possible flooding as a typhoon bore down on
the island after brushing the Philippines.
Typhoon Matmo, a category-two cyclone on Tropical Storm
Risk's scale of one to five, was approaching from the
southeast and was expected to strengthen until it hits on
Tuesday night (local time) and moves on to China.
"People everywhere should prepare for strong winds and rain,"
weather forecaster Lin Chih-hui said. "The closer Matmo gets,
the more powerful it will be."
Taiwan has sent troops from the northern city of I-lan to get
sandbags ready, while financial markets, companies and
schools were expected to close on Wednesday.
Matmo arrived just a week after Typhoon Rammasun killed 97
people in the Philippines and 46 in China with another 25
still missing. The China Meteorological Administration said
Rammasun was the strongest storm to strike southern China
Typhoons are common at this time of year in the South China
Sea, picking up strength from the warm waters and dissipating