Published: Fri, July 13, 2018

Typhoon Maria barrels into China after pounding Taiwan

Typhoon Maria barrels into China after pounding Taiwan

2 p.m. Wednesday, July 11, Taiwan time: Typhoon Maria barreled ashore over south-central China late Wednesday morning, leaving a trail of destruction in its wake on Taiwan and Okinawa.

By 5pm, Maria had weakened to a tropical storm with winds of 18 metres per second.

Gale forecast: From July 11 to 12, the oceanfront to the east of Taiwan, most portions of East China Sea, Taiwan Strait, coastal areas of Fujian, sea areas of Taiwan, Zhejiang coastal regions and the Yangtze River estuary area will be stricken by scale 7-10 gale.

Downpours of up to 100 millimeters (4 inches) hit some areas overnight, according to the weather bureau, and strong winds were still expected as the storm moved northwest.

Chen Zuliang of the county's flood control office said more than 8,000 people had been evacuated. Trees were reported to have fallen and some mountainous roads were blocked.

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.

As of 9 a.m., 16,320 households were still without electricity, down from a peak of 48,828 households without power earlier that day, Taipower said.

Train services halted are G7670/1 and G7576/7 from Cangnan, G7158/5 from Lu'an, G7685/8/5 from Huainan, according to railway stations in Hefei, capital of East China's Anhui province.

Morakot was the deadliest typhoon to hit the island in recorded history, killing almost 700 people, a lot of them in landslides.

However, Japan has been 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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