Ma cuts short trip as storm takes aim at Taiwan
CNABASSETERRE, St. Kitts and Nevis -- President Ma Ying-jeou will cut short his transit stop in Los Angeles and return to Taiwan early Wednesday on concerns of possible storm damage to the country, according to Presidential Office spokeswoman Garfie Li.
August 20, 2013, 12:02 am TWN
Ma will arrive in Taiwan 6:30 a.m., Aug. 21, a day earlier than scheduled, as Tropical Storm Trami turns toward the island, Li said.
Li said late Sunday that Ma was originally scheduled to return to Taiwan at 2 p.m. Aug. 22, but has decided to come back a day earlier as the storm is likely to hit Taiwan in the coming two days.
As of 2 a.m. Monday, Trami was 790 kilometers east southeast of Taiwan, moving northeast at 8 km per hour, with sustained winds of 83 kph and gusts of up to 108 kph, according to Taiwan's Central Weather Bureau.
The bureau is scheduled to issue a warning for the storm Tuesday.
Ma was in Basseterre, capital of St Kitts and Nevis, Sunday on the last leg of a five-nation diplomatic tour.