Heavy level 13 winds bring halt to nautical traffic at Green Island
The China Post news staffTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Heavy north-easterly winds yesterday halted nautical traffic between Taitung and Green Island, trapping over 1,000 travelers, local ship companies said.
December 31, 2012, 12:12 am TWN
The strong winds were reported at 7 a.m. yesterday morning and escalated to level 13 at 8 a.m. off the shores of Yilan, according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB). In response ferry operators announced the halting of services, citing safety reasons.
Similarly, heavy wind and high waves were reported near Green Island, Lanyu and the Taitung coast, disrupting nautical traffic for the region. Over a thousand travelers have been left stranded in Green Island. Ferry companies indicated that all routes have been canceled for the day, and will observe conditions to determine if operations may be resumed.
Over 1,000 individuals traveling to and from Green Island were affected, with their New Year's celebration plans disrupted. With winds and waves growing in severity across Green Island's coastline, residents of the island are preparing for power outages. Some have canceled their plans, while others are staying in Taitung, hoping for calmer seas today.
“I was hoping to catch the 2013's first ray of sunshine with my five friends,” said a traveler from Taipei surnamed Kao. “I had learned of this special package deal on Green Island and quickly made arrangements earlier, unfortunately it was only until I arrived at the ferry station that I learned that all operations had been ceased,” he said.
Following the escalation of winds in the region, Green Island residents experienced power outages from 6 a.m. to 6:33 a.m. and from 7:25 a.m. to 8:27 a.m. Taipower officials explained that the outage was the result of a “slight glitch” caused by the erosion of power lines from the high salt content of the sea winds.
An unnamed island resident responded angrily, saying that Taipower employees should forfeit their generous year-end bonuses.