Strongest typhoon of the year hits Taiwan

2016-09-14 06:07
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Taipei - Parts of Taiwan were brought to a standstill on Wednesday as the strongest typhoon of the year skirted past the island's southern tip, knocking out power for more than 180 000 households.

Although super typhoon Meranti did not make landfall, the storm brought record strong winds and torrential rains to eastern and southern Taiwan.

At 02:15 GMT, Meranti was 30km southwest of southernmost Hengchun township, packing gusts of up to 263km/h.

Hengchun's observation station recorded the strongest winds in its 120-year history earlier on Wednesday, according to Taiwan's Central Weather Bureau.

"Meranti will have its most significant impact on Taiwan today," said forecaster Hsieh Pei-yun.

Evacuations

Television footage showed flooded streets and violent winds in southern Kenting, a tourist destination known for its white-sand beaches.

School and work were cancelled for most eastern and southern counties while trains running along the east coast have been halted - affecting travel for the Mid-Autumn Festival long weekend which starts on Thursday.

The storm is expected to dump as much as 800 millimetres of rain in mountainous areas, potentially triggering landslides.

Close to 1 500 people have been evacuated from at-risk areas, with about half in temporary shelters, according to the Central Emergency Operation Centre.

Meranti was moving northwest into the Taiwan Strait at 18km/h.

Another storm brewing east of the Philippines may also affect Taiwan later this week.

The weather bureau's Hsieh said tropical storm Malakas was expected to be closest to the island on Friday and Saturday, but was unlikely to make landfall.

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