Museums, parks closed, festivals suspended over storm threat
CNATAIPEI--Several museums and national parks were closed and festivals suspended in Taiwan on Wednesday due to the threat from Tropical Storm Trami as it approached the island.
August 22, 2013, 12:04 am TWN
The National Palace Museum, National Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, National Taiwan Museum, Songshan Cultural and Creative Park and parts of the Huashan 1914 Creative Park in Taipei were closed yesterday.
The National Taiwan Science Education Center, Taipei Water Park and National Center for Traditional Arts were also closed in anticipation of the heavy rains expected to be brought by the storm.
Tropical Storm Trami was centered 210 kilometers east of Taipei as of 11 a.m. Wednesday and was expected to dump at least 350 mm of rain in most parts of Taiwan between noon Wednesday and noon Thursday, according to the Central Weather Bureau.
Among other activities canceled Wednesday, the Yilan International Children's Folklore and Folkgame Festival was closed at noon, and flights at the Taiwan International Balloon Fiesta in Taitung County were canceled, organizers said.
The Hualien International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta, which suspended operations Tuesday, was expected to remain closed until Friday.
In addition, all 18 forest recreation areas, including the Taipingshan, Alishan and Kenting forest parks, were closed Wednesday, leading to the suspension of service on the Alishan forest railway, the mountain railway in Taipingshan and the mini-train in Taipei's Wulai District.
The Cabinet-level Forestry Bureau warned the public not to visit the parks or mountain trails and said the forest parks will only reopen after officials have inspected them and confirmed them to be safe after the storm has left.
The Shei-Pa National Park and Taroko National Park closed their mountain trails and ecological reserve areas Wednesday, and the Maokong Gondola in Taipei also suspended service.