Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Typhoon Megi injures more than 250 in Taiwan on path toward China

Strong Typhoon Megi will blast southeastern China with hazardous flooding as the latest tropical system to spin through the region after slamming Taiwan.
"The most likely area to experience significant impacts will be into southeastern China," AccuWeather Meteorologist Adam Douty said.
Impacts in China began on Tuesday afternoon, with the worst conditions expected on Tuesday night into Wednesday.
Douty said he is concerned for impacts across eastern Guangdong and Fujian. Winds have already gusted over 90 km/h (56 mph) in Fuzhou, the capital of Fujian province.
The mountainous terrain of Taiwan caused Megi to weaken before entering the South China Sea, but the tropical cyclone will likely still be a strong tropical storm or a typhoon at landfall in China.

"While we will see continued weakening by [the time Megi reaches China], there could still be damaging wind near the point of landfall along with flooding rain," Douty said.
Megi will continue to weaken as it tracks inland across China. While the risk of damaging winds will decrease, flooding rain will remain a concern until Megi dissipates from Wednesday into Thursday across southeast China.

Rainfall totals of 100-200 mm (4-8 inches) will be common across eastern Guangdong, Fujian and southern Jiangxi through Thursday.
A closeup look of Megi in the western Pacific Ocean. (NOAA satellite)

Four people were killed and more than 250 people were injured as a result of the typhoon across Taiwan, local media reported.
A large number of injures resulted from people falling and being hit by wind-blown objects, according to the Associated Press.
Several people were hurt after a tour bus overturned.
Nearly 3 million people were without power on Tuesday night local time as Megi lashed Taiwan.
Approximately 8,000 people were evacuated.

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