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Typhoon Soudelor leaves record number of households without power

Typhoon Soudelor leaves record number of households without power

Taipei, Aug. 8 (CNA) Typhoon Soudelor had caused power outages for more than 3.22 million households as of 1 p.m. Saturday, the biggest power loss ever to result from a typhoon in Taiwan's history, Taiwan Power Company (Taipower) said. The previous record was set by Typhoon Herb in 1996, when 2.79 million households experienced power outages. Taipower was working hard to restore power across the island, and 1.91 million households were still without electricity as of Saturday afternoon although the number was decreasing. The number included 400,000 households in Changhua County, 230,000 households in Taoyuan City, 230,000 households in New Taipei City, 220,000 households in Taichung City, 160,000 households in Yunlin County, 140,000 households in Chiayi County and 100,000 households in Kaohsiung City, Taipower said. Typhoon Soudelor began its onslaught on Taiwan on Friday and made landfall in eastern Taiwan's Hualien County early Saturday, pummeling the island with strong gusts and torrential rain. As of 3 p.m., the storm was centered 50 kilometers north-northeast of the outlying Penghu County in the Taiwan Strait, moving at a speed of 18 km per hour in a northwesterly direction, according to the Central Weather Bureau. It is still packing maximum sustained winds of 137 kph, with gusts reaching 173 kph, the bureau said. (By Tsai Yi-yu and Y.F. Low)


Updated : 2021-09-17 15:38 GMT+08:00