A powerful typhoon was heading toward Taiwan and was due to make landfall off the east coast of the island just after midnight Friday.
Typhoon Nepartak slowed and weakened a bit on Thursday but remained dangerous, with sustained winds of 127 mph and gusts of 240 149 mph, according to The Associated Press.
Napartak was blowing at sea off the northernmost Philippine province of Batanes and was not expected to hit land there but forecasters warned fishing boats not to venture out to sea and commercial ships to watch out for big waves. Some flights were canceled in the region, too.
Big waves were already slamming the shore of Ilan port city in Taiwan. Forecasters said waves of 3 to 24 feet could batter the coast, inland lakes and beachfront areas, the AP reported.