Taipei, September 27: Taiwan who already faced two typhoons in two weeks, on Tuesday again had to face the third one which created havoc in the country. The typhoon Megi severely disturbed the routine of the Taiwan locals as thousands of people evacuated and hundreds of flights were disrupted. The region is still under violent winds and torrential rain ahead of landfall in eastern Taiwan.
The centre of the typhoon at 8 pm on Monday was 490km west of Oluanpi with the storm of radius 250km. It was moving west-northwest at 20kph, with maximum wind speeds reaching 216kph. A land alert for Typhoon Megi was already given by the Central Weather Bureau on Monday. It warned that the alert applied to all cities and counties in Taiwan proper, as well as Orchid Island and Green Island. It also pointed out that sea alert issued late on Sunday night applies to the Bashi Channel near the coast of Taiwan.
Except Kinmen and Lienchiang counties, all counties and cities had declared a typhoon day. Schools and offices on Green and Orchid islands were closed due to immediate threat. Also, sixteen domestic flights and four international flights were canceled. Yunlin county, Chiayi city and county, as well as Tainan and Kaohsiung, declared this morning a regular work and school day, and a typhoon day after noon.
More than 36,000 households have lost power due to the typhoon so far. Apart from the flights, the typhoon also shook the schedule of the trains in the cities. Orchid Island and Green Island, both being popular tourist spots, were under threat which made authorities to evacuate 3,700 tourists.