Taiwan braces for super typhoon

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DW -july, 7, 2016

The national weather bureau said the storm poses “a threat to all regions” across the island. The extreme weather phenomenon is forecast to hit China afterwards, where heavy downpours have killed over 180 people.

Taiwan’s Defense Ministry on Thursday placed more than 30,000 troops on standby ahead of Super Typhoon Nepartak’s landfall, which is expected overnight.

Nepartak, the first typhoon of the 2016 Pacific season, packed gusts up to 245 kilometers per hour (152 miles per hour) as it approached Taiwan’s eastern counties of Hualien and Taitung.

“Its storm circle is gradually nearing southeastern Taiwan and the Hengchun peninsula, posing a threat to all regions and Penghu,” said the country’s national weather bureau.

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