Super Typhoon in Taiwan – level 3

16-09-2016 07:00

Super typhoon Meranti has brought torrential rain and winds of up to 216 kilometres per hour to Taiwan. This is the most powerful storm of the year. It forced the closure of schools and businesses and the evacuation of around 1,500 residents. Tens of thousands of homes have no power.

In Taitung County, people saw huge waves crashing over harbour fortifications. Elsewhere, there was debris flying through the air.

Taiwan felt the full force of Meranti through Wednesday and into Thursday when people expected the storm to crash into China. The typhoon comes just over two months after typhoon Nepartak killed 86 people in Taiwan and East China.

Difficult words: torrential rain (very heavy rain), debris (waste matter, pieces of things), fortification (a barrier).

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