Ty­phoon lashes China be­fore weak­en­ing

China Daily (USA) - - TOP NEWS -

Ty­phoon Mer­anti slammed into south­east­ern China on Thurs­day with strong winds and lash­ing rain that cut power to 1.65 mil­lion homes.

Me­dia re­ported one death and one per­son miss­ing in Fu­jian prov­ince in what has been de­scribed as the strong­est storm of the year glob­ally.

One per­son died and 51 were in­jured in Tai­wan, the Cen­tral Emer­gency Op­er­a­tion Cen­ter there said, as the ty­phoon hit the south­ern part of the is­land on Wed­nes­day.

The storm, reg­is­tered as a su­per ty­phoon be­fore los­ing strength af­ter sweep­ing across south­ern Tai­wan, made land­fall in the early hours near Xia-men, cap­i­tal of Fu­jian.

Dozens of flights and train ser­vices were can­celed, State tele­vi­sion said, which dis­rupted travel at the start of the three-day Mid-Au­tumn Fes­ti­val hol­i­day.

Pic­tures on State me­dia showed flooded streets, fallen trees and crushed cars in Xi­a­men as res­cuers in boats evac­u­ated peo­ple.

About 320,000 homes were with­out power in Xi­a­men. Across the whole of Fu­jian, 1.65 mil­lion homes had no elec­tric­ity, ac­cord­ing to me­dia re­ports.

Large sec­tions of Xi­a­men also suf­fered wa­ter-sup­ply dis­rup­tions and some win­dows in tall build­ings shat­tered, show­er­ing glass onto the ground be­low, Xin­hua News Agency re­ported.

Xin­hua said it was the strong­est ty­phoon to hit that part of the coun­try since the found­ing of the Peo­ple’s Repub­lic of China in 1949, and the strong­est so far this year any­where in the world.

Tens of thou­sands of peo­ple had al­ready been evac­u­ated as the storm ap­proached, and fish­ing boats were called back to port.

Mer­anti was a Cat­e­gory 5 ty­phoon, the strong­est clas­si­fi­ca­tion awarded by Trop­i­cal Storm Risk storm tracker, be­fore it made land­fall on the main­land. It has since been down­graded to Cat­e­gory 2.

Typhoons are com­mon at this time of year, pick­ing up strength as they cross the warm wa­ters of the Pa­cific and bring­ing fierce winds and rain when they hit land.

Mer­anti will con­tinue to lose strength as it pushes in­land and up to­ward China’s com­mer­cial cap­i­tal of Shang­hai, but will bring heavy rain.

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