Typhoon Maria: Huge waves and high winds batter Chinese coastal towns

12 Juillet, 2018, 13:32 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • CWB map of precipitation from midnight to 7:30 a.m

Typhoon Maria made landfall Wednesday morning in Lianjiang County, southeast China's Fujian Province. However, the storm weakened as it approached the island and moved past it to the northwest.

Local governments in most part of northern Taiwan plan to close offices and schools on Wednesday, but financial markets will remain open, authorities announced late on Tuesday. Authorities have told people to avoid the coast.

Television images showed trees felled overnight and blocking some roads in the mountains north of capital Taipei.

A man in New Taipei City died when he fell from the second floor while inspecting his doors and windows early on Wednesday, local media reported.

Taiwan braced for Typhoon Maria on Tuesday, prompting school closures and the cancellations of hundreds of flights amid warnings of landslides and floods on the island.

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The statistics also showed that a total of 59,485 households around Taiwan lost power because of the storm, and 3,435 households were still without electricity as of 2 p.m. Wednesday.

Typhoon Maria also caused the cancellation of 138 worldwide flights and 170 domestic flights as schools and factories were closed on the island of 23 million people.

Typhoon Maria made landfall in south-east China's Fujian province Wednesday morning, bringing high waves and heavy rain to several coastal Chinese cities after leaving a trail of destruction in Taiwan.

Weather warnings were also issued in Japan's southernmost region on Wednesday as the storm passed through Okinawa, but no major damage was reported.

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