Tropical Storm Trami reaches Taiwan

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Tropical Storm Trami reaches Taiwan

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Tropical Storm Trami has reached Taiwan after causing floods and landslides in Philippines, which left eight dead, earlier in the week.

Schools and offices have closed as heavy rains and high winds caused disruption throughout the island. Two people are believed to have been killed because of the severe weather. Gusts have reached almost 140 kilometres per hour with sustained wind speeds edging close to upgrading the storm to typhoon status.

Forecasters expect up to 300mm of rain to fall in the capital Taipei and twice that amount is possible in heavily mountainous areas of the country.

Taiwan’s defence ministry has deployed extra troops in areas that could be hit by flooding and landslides.

President Ma Ying-jeou has cut a foreign trip short and has flown back to the country one day early.

Typhoon Soulik left two people dead and 100 injured when it hit the country in July.