Meranti, the third most violent typhoon on record, brings strong winds and rain to coastal cities as Taiwan cleans up. Following that, Typhoon Meranti struck China making landfall early on Thursday near Xiamen in Fujian Province.
The powerful storm first raked southern Taiwan, bringing torrential rains and winds of up to 230 mph (370 kilometres per hour) — faster than a Formula One race car.
Pictures on state media showed flooded streets in some parts of the province of Fujian, where Xiamen is located, fallen trees and crushed cars. Xinhua news agency said it was the strongest typhoon to hit that part of the country since the founding of Communist China in 1949 and the strongest so far this year anywhere in the world.
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Dozens of flights and train services have been cancelled, state television said, inconveniencing people at the start of the three-day mid-autumn festival holiday. Despite the winds lessening after landfall, they were strong enough to knock down trees, break windows and push a large inflated moon down the city’s streets. The moon had been part of a display to mark the Mid-Autumn Festival.
About Typhoon Meranti:
Typhoon Meranti, also known in the Philippines as Typhoon Ferdie, was the strongest typhoon since Typhoon Megi in 2010 in terms of pressure, the strongest since Typhoon Haiyan of 2013 in terms of maximum sustained winds, as well as the strongest tropical cyclone worldwide in 2016.