Wednesday, September 14, 2016

One missing and dozens injured as Super Typhoon Meranti skirts Taiwan

Not the first such finding, but this consolidates warnings about several problems that have had separate warnings in the past.

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 14 September, 2016, 11:57pm
Additional reporting by Danny Lee and Agence France-Presse

Super Typhoon Meranti swept past Taiwan on Wednesday, leaving at least one person missing and 35 people injured and more than 600,000 homes without power or water. [Hate to think about the effects if it had been a direct hit.]

Packing winds up to 220km/h [137mph], it is the strongest storm this year and the most powerful to affect the island in 21 years.

Meranti skirted just south of the island and continued into the Taiwan Strait heading towards mainland China, where it is expected to make landfall near Xiamen in Fujian province on Thursday morning.


Power to 650,000 families and water supply to 750,000 households were lost due to damage to electricity lines and pipes, it said.


Some 718mm [28 inches!]of rain fell in Pingtung county, with an additional 1,100mm [43 inches!] of precipitation expected in parts over the coming days, according to Taiwan’s Central Weather Bureau.


The weather bureau said tropical storm Malakas, located east of the Philippines, could strengthen into a typhoon and hit Taiwan by Saturday.


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