Taiwan braces for the arrival of Typhoon Soudelor

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Taiwanese businesses and schools were closing early Friday as Typhoon Soudelor moved slowly westward toward the island, bringing heavy rain and winds.

As of 1:15 p.m. local time, the storm – among the strongest to form in the Pacific so far this year – was situated due east of the island and was moving about 13 miles per hour, Taiwan’s central weather bureau said. It was expected to make landfall early Saturday local time, sweep across the island, and then continue on toward mainland China.