Tropical storm injures 81 in Taiwan as another storm methods

Saturday, July 29, 2017|8:47 p.m.

TAIPEI, Taiwan– Taiwan’s very first hurricane of the year left 81 individuals injured and seaside towns flooded as the island braced for a 2nd hurricane Sunday.

Wailing winds toppled motor scooters and hit people with flying glass, the Central Emergency situation Operations Center said. In Yilan county on the northeast coast, someone was blown down, another was struck by a wind-driven object and a third was injured when an energy truck turned.

Hurricane Nesat made landfall on the northeast coast of Taiwan Saturday night with maximum sustained winds of 137 kilometers (85 miles) per hour and gusts of approximately 173 kph (107 mph), according to the nationwide weather condition bureau.

All but two of the injuries were light, an operations center personnel individual stated.

The tropical cyclone also left shops and streets in farming Pingtung county knee deep in muddy water after discarding about 600 millimeters (23.6 inches) of rain.

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

Nesat caused the cancellation of 145 worldwide flights and cut power to almost half a million homes.

The hurricane gone through Taiwan and reached Fujian province in southeastern China by 7 a.m. Sunday as a less severe tropical storm, authorities said.

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

Taiwan, meanwhile, is on alert again as a 2nd hurricane was because of make landfall Sunday night.

Taiwan, China, Japan and the Philippines routinely see hurricanes from June through November. The most dangerous in Taiwan given that 2000 was Typhoon Morakot, which triggered landslides that left about 680 people dead in 2009.

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