A powerful typhoon battered Taiwan with strong wind and torrential rain on Saturday, cutting power to 2 million households and killing at least two people, media and officials said.
Typhoon Soudelor made landfall early in the morning on the island’s east-coast counties of Yilan and Hualien, bringing up to 1,000 mm (39 inches) of rain in mountainous northeastern areas and wind gusting up to 200 kph (124 mph).
“This is one of the worst typhoons I have ever seen,” said a sewage station engineer surnamed Jiang, who was inspecting pumping stations early on Saturday.
“My car was shaking when I was driving. There are too many trees down, and I even saw six downed power poles.”
Authorities issued flood and mudslide alerts and flying debris killed at least two people, media reported. Read more
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