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Typhoons Bear Down on Taiwan, Northern Marianas

Typhoon Nabi swept over the Northern Mariana Islands Wednesday before moving back out to sea.

The storm hit the main island of Saipan with wind gusts up to 120 kilometers an hour. The government opened emergency evacuation shelters as a precaution. There have been no reports of injuries or deaths.

Since leaving the Marianas Typhoon Nabi has strengthened to a category 2 storm and may intensify further.

Schools and government offices on the neighboring island of Guam were closed because of the typhoon.

Meanwhile, most schools and businesses in Taiwan have been closed as residents there brace for the approach of powerful Typhoon Talim. Forecasters have predicted the storm will make landfall late Wednesday or early Thursday morning. Flash flood warnings have been issued for most of the island.

Some information for this report provided by AP and AFP.