Typhoon Maria makes landfall in east China's Fujian

12 Julio, 2018, 13:28 | Author: Kelly Blake
  • CWB map of precipitation from midnight to 7:30 a.m

Dramatic video footage of the typhoon's destruction on Wednesday shows huge waves beating against the sea shore across Xiapu County and Lianjiang County, reaching as high as nine metres (30 feet), Xinhua News reported.

Officials had warned of floods and landslides, evacuating thousands of people, but the storm weakened as it approached Taiwan and moved past it to the north. Strong winds are still expected, after some parts of the country received rain of up to 100 mm at night.

Schools and offices were closed in parts of Taiwan Wednesday, July 11, as Typhoon Maria skirted the island bringing torrential rain and powerful winds. Authorities have told people to avoid the coast.

A man in New Taipei City died when he fell from the second floor while inspecting his doors and windows early on Wednesday, local media reported. In 2009, Typhoon Morakot killed nearly 700 people in Taiwan, including about 400 when their village was wiped out by flooding and landslides.

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Maria is the first typhoon of the season for Taiwan, and damage was limited for the island which is prone to violent storms through the summer.

The statistics also showed that a total of 59,485 households around Taiwan lost power because of the storm, and 3,435 households were still without electricity as of 2 p.m. Wednesday.

According to the Central Weather Bureau, the typhoon made landfall in Fujian Province in China at 9 a.m. Wednesday.

Typhoon Maria also caused the cancellation of 138 global flights and 170 domestic flights as schools and factories were closed on the island of 23 million people.

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