Tropical Storm Dujuan intensified into a typhoon this week and deviated from its predicted northward track towards Japan, and started to move northwest towards Taipei. Dujuan’s arrival coincides with Mid-Autumn Festival celebrations and a long weekend. Millions of people have gathered with family to enjoy barbecuing and moon gazing outdoors.
Sunday morning, September 27, Dujuan is packing winds of 55 m/s (around 200kmh), and is expected to intensify into a category 4 typhoon before making landfall around 8pm Monday evening.
Many families enjoyed barbecuing on Saturday night in anticipation of possibly wet and windy weather Sunday. The Taipei City government cancelled plans to open riverside parks for barbecues Sunday and Monday night, as the riverside areas will have to be evacuated and levee gates closed in anticipation of flooding.
The arrival of Typhoon Dujian also coincides with the first of two concerts by Bon Jovi Monday and Tuesday night at Taipei’s Nangang Exhibition Center.