Hawaii residents plan to ride out typhoon in Taiwan

Photo courtesy Melissa Chang

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A typhoon is barreling towards Taiwan where a group of Hawaii residents are visiting this week.

Gov. Neil Abercrombie was on that tour, but cut his trip short and raced home a day earlier to miss the storm.

Winds, ranging from 75 to 85 miles per hour, torrential rain, and mudslides are all threats facing the city of Taipei. Typhoon Soulik is expected to make landfall by mid-day Friday Hawaii time.

A group of about 20 Hawaii people is in Taipei.

They flew over on Hawaiian Airlines inaugural flight earlier in the week and can’t get home for a few more days.

Melissa Chang is a Hawaii blogger who is sending posts back to the islands about her trip to Taiwan. With the impending storm, she’s been told to stay inside.

Even a Hawaiian Air flight scheduled to leave Taipei Thursday night was delayed.

“As far as supplies. we don’t have any supplies. all we have is our luggage,” Chang said. “Don’t worry about us. We will be ok. People here in Taipei are not worried, so we are not going to worry either. We are planning to ride out the storm.”

Hawaiian Airlines’ cancelled flight has been rescheduled to depart for Honolulu Saturday morning.


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