Typhoon knocks out power, transportation in Taiwan

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
September 20, 2010 04:13

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TAIPEI, Taiwan — A powerful typhoon made landfall in eastern China on Monday after ripping into Taiwan, flooding the southern part of the island, crippling transportation and shutting off power as thousands of residents fled mountainous areas prone to landslides.

Typhoon Fanapi was the first major storm to strike the island this year and the 11th typhoon to hit China. It landed in Fujian province at 7 a.m., according to the flood control headquarters, after crossing Taiwan on Sunday with peak winds of 102 mph (162 kph).

Taiwan's Central Weather Bureau said as much as 44 inches (112 centimeters) of rain had been dumped in southern Taiwan by early Monday — with more to come. TV images showed water submerging streets and first floors of buildings.

Military vehicles entered inundated areas to help trapped residents in the southern part of the island, including Taiwan's second largest city Kaohsiung, late Sunday.

Schools and offices were closed in southern Taiwan on Monday.

Officials evacuated 10,000 residents from remote areas vulnerable to landslides, half of them in the southern part of the island, according to Taiwan's Central Emergency Operation Center.

The center also said 107 people were injured. Some were cut by broken glass and others hurt when they fell off motorcycles in strong winds.


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