TAIPEI Super typhoon Meranti hits Taiwan
PARTS of Taiwan were brought to a standstill yesterday as super typhoon Meranti skirted past the island’s southern tip, bringing the strongest winds in 21 years and disrupting traffic.
Although typhoon Meranti did not make landfall, the storm brought violent winds and torrential rain to the region packing gusts of up to 234 kilometres per hour (145mph).
Hengchun’s observation station recorded the strongest winds in its 120-year history earlier yesterday, according to Taiwan’s Central Weather Bureau.
“Meranti will have its most significant impact on Taiwan today,” said forecaster Hsieh Pei-yun.
“It is the strongest typhoon to hit Taiwan in 21 years in terms of maximum sustained wind near the centre,” she added.
Residents in a fishing port in southern Taitung county woke up to find that a small lighthouse had disappeared and believed that powerful winds blew it off into the sea, as waves almost 10 metres (33 feet) high lashed the shore in the area.
There were no reports of fatalities or serious injuries, according to the Central Emergency Operation Centre. School and work were cancelled for most eastern and southern counties.
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