Flights canceled as Taiwan battens down for powerful typhoon

Evarado Alatorre
Julio 12, 2018

Trees were reported to have fallen and some mountainous roads were blocked.

Although the typhoon has left Taiwan, the center said rough waves are still expected along Taiwan's northern coast into Wednesday afternoon, and it urged people not to engage in seaside activities.

The center quoted Ministry of the Interior data as reporting that seven males and one female, a lot of them in Taipei, suffered minor injuries after falling off their motorbikes or bicycles, or from falling branches. Local maritime affairs authorities said that more than 850 ships had returned to Xiamen port. Its wind speeds reached 191 kilometers (119 miles) per hour.

Residents are also advised to remain indoors during the storm and stay updated on weather warnings.

Fujian ordered all fishing boats to return to harbor by Tuesday noon and workers at offshore fish farms were required to return to land by 6 p.m.

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Across the Taiwan Strait, schools and factories in coastal areas of the Chinese province of Fujian are closed. More than 6,800 people are on standby for rescue missions or to fix damage caused by the typhoon.

About 43,000 households in Taiwan lost power at the typhoon's peak, and the storm also affected hundreds of flights.

Eight people were injured as Typhoon Maria passed over northern Taiwan late Tuesday and early Wednesday, according to the latest information on the storm issued by the Central Emergency Operation Center.

Japan is already reeling from its worst weather-related disaster for decades after days of deadly floods and landslides triggered by record rains killed at least 179 in the west of the country.

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