Typhoon in­jures 111 peo­ple in Tai­wan

The Maui News - - TODAY’S PEOPLE - By RALPH JEN­NINGS The As­so­ci­ated Press

TAIPEI, Tai­wan — Tai­wan’s first typhoon of the year left 111 peo­ple injured and coastal towns flooded as the is­land braced for a sec­ond trop­i­cal storm Sun­day.

Howl­ing winds top­pled mo­tor scoot­ers and hit peo­ple with fly­ing glass, the Cen­tral Emer­gency Oper­a­tions Center said. In Yi­lan county on the north­east coast, one per­son was blown down, an­other was struck by a wind-driven ob­ject and a third was injured when a util­ity truck flipped.

Typhoon Ne­sat made land­fall on the north­east coast of Tai­wan on Saturday evening with max­i­mum sus­tained winds of 85 mph and gusts of up to 107 mph, ac­cord­ing to the na­tional weather bureau.

All but two of the in­juries were mi­nor, an oper­a­tions center staff per­son said.

The typhoon also left shops and streets in agri­cul­tural Ping­tung county knee deep in muddy wa­ter af­ter dump­ing about 24 inches of rain.

More than 10,000 peo­ple, largely from Tai­wan’s south, were evac­u­ated be­fore the typhoon and 1,612 were still in shel­ters Sun­day morn­ing.

Ne­sat caused the can­cel­la­tion of 145 in­ter­na­tional flights and cut power to nearly half a mil­lion house­holds.

The typhoon passed through Tai­wan and reached Fu­jian prov­ince in south­east­ern China by 7 a.m. Sun­day as a less se­vere trop­i­cal storm, of­fi­cials said.

Close to 70,000 peo­ple have been evac­u­ated so far and dozens of trains and flights sus­pended in Fuzhou, the pro­vin­cial cap­i­tal, Fu­jian’s wa­ter re­sources depart­ment said.

Tai­wan, mean­while, is on alert again as a sec­ond trop­i­cal storm was due to make land­fall Sun­day night.

Tai­wan, China, Ja­pan and the Philip­pines reg­u­larly see ty­phoons from June through Novem­ber. The dead­li­est in Tai­wan since 2000 was Typhoon Mo­rakot, which set off land­slides that left about 680 peo­ple dead in 2009.

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