Alert: Typhoon Maria

The American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) cautions U.S. citizens that Typhoon Maria is currently in the western Pacific Ocean southeast of Taiwan.  Taiwan’s Central Weather Bureau (CWB) issued a sea warning for Typhoon Maria at 2:30 p.m. local time July 9 and is planning to issue a land warning either late evening July 9 or early morning July 10.

This severe typhoon is strengthening and moving fast toward Taiwan with probability of heavy rain in the northern, eastern, and central regions and will affect northern and eastern Taiwan between the evening of July 10 and the morning of July 11.

All U.S. citizens living in or traveling to the area should monitor local weather reports, follow directions from local officials, and take other appropriate actions as needed.  International Community Radio Taipei (ICRT) provides regular weather bulletins in English on 100.7 FM in the Taipei and Kaohsiung areas and on 100.1 FM in Taichung.

For further information about security in Taiwan:
See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Taiwan Country Specific Information.

Enroll in the Smart Traveler-Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.

Contact AIT, located at AIT Taipei office is No. 7, Lane 134, Sec. 3, XinYi Road, Da-an District, Taipei City 10659;
telephone (02) 2162-2000;
fax (02) 2162-2239;
email TaipeiACS@state.gov;
after hours emergency (02)2162-2000;
Website: https://www.ait.org.tw/offices/taipei/

The location of the AIT Kaohsiung office is 5th Floor, No. 88, Chenggong 2nd Rd, Qianzhen District, Kaohsiung City 80661;
telephone (07) 335-5006;
fax (07) 338-0551;
email TaipeiACS@state.gov;
after hours emergency (02) 2162-2000;
Website: https://www.ait.org.tw/offices/kaohsiung/

Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

Note:  The timestamp on this e-mail message may reflect Washington, D.C., time, which may differ from local time.