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Taiwan braces for another storm

TAIPEI (AFP) – Taiwan evacuated thousands of tourists from outlying islands Monday and set up nearly 100 shelters across the island as it braced for its third typhoon in two weeks.

The east coast is still reeling from damage caused by Super Typhoon Meranti earlier this month – the strongest storm for 21 years to hit Taiwan – followed by Typhoon Malakas.

The same part of the island is in the firing line again from approaching Typhoon Megi, which is already bringing strong winds and waves.

It is due to make landfall on the east coast on Tuesday and forecast to bring almost a meter of rain to some areas over three days. Ferries to Taiwan’s Green Island and Orchid Island were halted Monday after more than 3,700 visitors were evacuated over the weekend.