Typhoon Megi kills 1, leaves 2.9M homes without power in Taiwan

TAIPEI, Taiwan, Sept. 27 (UPI) — Typhoon Megi struck Taiwan on Tuesday, killing at least one person, injuring about 75 and leaving nearly 2.9 million homes without power.

In its latest update, Taiwan’s Central Weather Bureau said Typhoon Megi was moving west and had maximum sustained winds of 100 mph, with gusts reaching 123 mph. The typhoon is heading toward China.

Taiwan’s sole electricity supplier, the Taiwan Power Company, said over 2.899 million homes were without power Tuesday night — the second highest power outage in Taiwan’s history behind the 4.5 million left without electricity by Typhoon Soudelor in 2015, Focus Taiwan reports. Power has been restored to nearly 1 million after emergency repairs but full restoration is not expected until Wednesday evening.

Transportation in Taiwan, including air travel and trains, has largely been shut down with the exception of some commuter trains.

Typhoon Megi is the third typhoon to affect Taiwan in September, following Typhoon Meranti and Typhoon Malakas. The Central Weather Bureau forecast Typhoon Megi to weaken to a tropical depression by Thursday.

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