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Nation girds for Tropical Storm Trami

BATTENING DOWNSea and land alerts were issued yesterday, while some pomelo farmers began harvesting their crops a week early and several flights were canceled

By Shelley Shan and Mo Yan-chih  /  Staff reporters

More than 1,700 visitors to Green Island returned ahead of schedule yesterday.

Boat services to the island were suspended from yesterday afternoon into tomorrow.

Meanwhile, President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九), who cut short his transit stop in Los Angeles due to the approach of Trami, will visit the central disaster prevention center after arriving in Taipei this morning.

Ma had been scheduled to stay in Los Angeles for 37 hours on his way back from a five-nation trip to South America and the Caribbean, but shortened the layover to six hours to make it home before the storm.

“I will still be able see the people I want to see [during the stopover in Los Angeles]… I want to be with the people in Taiwan when the nation is under serious influence of the storm,” he said.

Ma was greeted by Representative to the US King Pu-tsung (金溥聰) and American Institute in Taiwan Chairman Raymond Burghardt upon his arrival at Los Angeles International Airport.

He was able to attend a luncheon with overseas Chinese groups and have a brief meeting with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti during his stopover.

Additional reporting by CNA

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