Typhoon Meranti batters Taiwan, disrupts normal life
Typhoon Meranti lashed Taiwan with its biggest storm in 21 years last night before striking mainland China, which issued a red alert for waves as the storm bore down.
Violent winds of up to 370 kilometres per hour and torrential rain brought parts of eastern and southern Taiwan to a standstill as Meranti skirted past the island’s southern tip, where Hengchun’s observation station recorded the strongest gusts in its 120-year history, according to Taiwan’s Central Weather Bureau.
A satellite image of category 5 Typhoon Meranti off the Pacific coast of Taiwan.
Electricity poles and trees toppled over as super typhoon Meranti skirted Pingtung county in southern Taiwan, knocking out power for more than 180,000 households.
Stores and homes in Pingtung county were wrecked as they bore the brunt of the world’s strongest typhoon in three years, and the island’s biggest in 21 years
Residents affected by super typhoon Meranti are evacuated on a military armoured vehicle in southern Pingtung county
Vending machines succumb to floodwaters outside a convenience store as the super typhoon brought parts of Taiwan to a standstill.
Trucks were overturned, roofs blown off and a small lighthouse vanished into the sea as the monster storm barrelled towards China.
Cars drive past collapsed power lines, that partially block the road, as super typhoon Meranti skirts Pingtung county in southern Taiwan.