Typhoon Meranti, stated to be the world’s strongest typhoon so far this year, made landfall in east China’s Fujian Province early today, causing widespread destruction.

It was the strongest typhoon to hit China since 1949, and the strongest so far this year anywhere in the world.

The typhoon that hit Xiang’an district of Xiamen city, has also been monitored as the strongest one hitting southern Fujian Province since 1949.

Strong winds shattered windows on the highrises even as tap water supply was disrupted following the typhoon in many communities in Xiamen.

Armoured vehicles were sent into Pingtung county to evacuate residents as flood waters reached a metre high
Armoured vehicles were sent into Pingtung county to evacuate residents as flood waters reached a metre high

Meranti was a Category 5 typhoon, the strongest classification awarded by Tropical Storm Risk storm tracker, before it made landfall on the mainland and has since been downgraded to Category 2.

The super typhoon, with gusts of up to 227km/h (141 mph), killed one person and left half a million homes without power in Taiwan.

Trees are broken by strong wind on a highway from Pingtung to Kenting in typhoon-hit Taiwan, southeast China

The typhoon has made landfall at the start of a three-day holiday in China for the Mid-Autumn Festival. Residents were told to stay indoors and ships ordered to head back to harbour, while people in Pingtung were told to leave their homes.

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The storm was forecast to have dumped 800 millimetres of rain in mountainous areas, potentially triggering landslides

At around 6 AM, the winds abated. Streets in Xiamen are scattered with glass shards, broken tree branches and blown down billboards.  The Xiamen Power Supply company said the typhoon has caused severe damages to the power grid in Xiamen, leading to mass blackout. The electricity supply was also disrupted in Xiamen’s outlying islands and with the typhoon further moving inland, more power outages are likely.

In the port city of Kaohsiung, at least 10 cargo ships broke from their anchors, including a 140,000-tonne vessel
In the port city of Kaohsiung, at least 10 cargo ships broke from their anchors, including a 140,000-tonne vessel

The railway authorities in Nanchang, east China’s Jiangxi province, had yesterday announced cancellation of 144 trains till Saturday to southern and eastern cities in an emergent response to the typhoon.

More than half a million homes lost power across Taiwan on Wednesday and five people were left injured
More than half a million homes lost power across Taiwan on Wednesday and five people were left injured

Watch Meranti marking its power in China :

Video Source : RUPTLY

Watch Meranti hitting Taiwan :

Video Source : Euro News

Taiwan is often hit by powerful storms, with super typhoon Dujuan killing three people and leaving more than 300 injured in Taiwan in 2015

Three people were killed and hundreds injured in July when typhoon Nepartak hit Taiwan’s east coast. Another typhoon, Malakas, is expected to approach Taiwan on Friday and Saturday, but is unlikely to make landfall.

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