Typhoon Soulik, the first of the year to hit the region, was headed towards China and Taiwan Friday. Officials cancelled dozens of international flights and evacuated more than 1,000 people from a coastal village vulnerable to typhoon Soulik.
Taiwan on Friday canceled dozens of international flights and evacuated more than 1,000 people from a vulnerable coastal village as a powerful typhoon threatened to bring strong winds and heavy rains to the island.
China was also making preparations in advance of the arrival of Typhoon Soulik, the first of the year to hit the region.
Taiwan's Central Weather Bureau said at 4 p.m. (0800 GMT) Friday that Soulik was at sea about 320 kilometers (200 miles) southeast of Yilan county in northeastern Taiwan. The typhoon has winds of 173 kph (107 mph).
Slight rain was falling in Taipei at midday. The weather bureau forecast heavy rains by afternoon for northern Taiwan and torrential rains for the south of the island later Friday.