Saturday, August 08, 2015

Super typhoon Soudelor batters Taiwan

Three people were reported dead, one missing and another 28 injured as of 6:30 a.m. after Typhoon Soudelor made landfall in eastern Taiwan's Hualien County early Saturday, Taiwan disaster operation center said.

The center of Soudelor made landfall in Sioulin Township at 4:40 a.m., bringing with it strong gusts and torrential rain that cut the power supply for over 80,000 households, stranded passengers at airports and rail stations, and filled cities with fallen trees and signboards across the island.

Local meteorological agency said Soudelor was centered at 60 km west of Hualien as of 6 a.m. and was moving northwestward at a speed of 19 kph. Giant waves of 8 to 11 meters high were also seen along the island's eastern coast.

It is packing maximum sustained winds of 173 kph, with gusts reaching 209 kph, it said.

Forecasters said Soudelor could start weakening and move out into the Taiwan Strait later in the morning following its current path, but still warned against wind gusts and extreme rainfall during the process. 

  Xinhua -


  1. 158,000 evacuated as Typhoon Soudelor approaches ...

    About 158,000 people in Fujian Province have been evacuated as the 13th typhoon of the year is expected to hit the province on Saturday.

    Soudelor, which is moving northwestward at a speed of more than 20 km per hour, is forecast to land on the coast of Fujian Province on Saturday night after reaching Taiwan between Friday night and Saturday morning, according to the provincial flood control office.

    The evacuees, mostly aquatic farm workers, have been transferred to safe locations inland.

    Marine police rescued 55 university students and teachers from a small island in the province on Friday afternoon. They were attending summer camps but strong gales disrupted all ferry services, leaving them trapped on the islet.

    Marine police set out for the island at noon and brought all 55 people back to shore four hours later.

    The province ordered all fishing boats to return to harbor by 10 a.m. Friday, as gales were predicted later in the day.................

  2. Typhoon Soudelor made landfall Saturday morning just north of the Taiwanese city of Hualien on the east coast of the island, bringing fierce winds and torrential rain...

    Forecasters had predicted the storm would have maximum sustained winds at landfall of about 125 mph (200 kph), the equivalent of a Category 3 hurricane.

    Authorities in Taiwan had deployed more than 35,000 military personnel to help relocate residents of vulnerable areas as Soudelor made its way across the Pacific Ocean...............

  3. Deadly Typhoon Soudelor batters Taiwan...

    Powerful Typhoon Soudelor is battering Taiwan with strong winds and heavy rain, leaving at least four people dead.

    The storm - with winds of more than 230km/h (142mph) - made landfall on the eastern coast early on Saturday and is now moving across the island.

    It is ripping up trees and tearing down billboards, and triggered a landslide in at least one village.

    About two million households have been left without electricity.

    Rail services and flights have been cancelled and all schools and offices closed.

    Taiwan's weather bureau says the typhoon is moving north-west, gradually losing its strength.

    Among the victims were an eight-year-old girl and her mother who were swept out to sea.

    "I've never seen such a powerful typhoon in my 60 years," one resident in the eastern Taitung county told Taiwan's Formosa TV.

    Ahead of Soudelour's arrival, the authorities evacuated thousands of people from their homes.

    The storm is later expected to move into the Taiwan Strait and on to mainland China..............

  4. Chine: le typhon Soudelor fait 14 morts...

    Le typhon Soudelor a fait 14 morts dans l'est de la Chine et quatre personnes sont portées disparues dans le pays, frappé par endroits par les plus fortes pluies depuis un siècle, ont rapporté dimanche les médias officiels.

    Douze des victimes ont été enregistrées dans la ville de Wenzhou et ses environs, dans la province du Zhejiang, par ce typhon qui a touché la Chine après avoir Taïwan.

    Quelque 1,58 million de personnes dans la ville ont été touchées par le typhon dimanche après-midi, selon l'agence de presse officielle, estimant les pertes à quatre milliards de yuans (644 millions de dollars).

    Dans cette même province, les intempéries ont provoqué des glissements de terrain dans les zones rurales, selon l'agence officielle Chine nouvelle...............


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