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Over 120,000 households suffer power outages as super typhoon hits

(Image courtesy of CWB website)

Over 120,000 households suffer power outages

(Image courtesy of CWB website)

More than 120,000 households in Pingtung, Hualien and Taitung Counties have experienced power outages due to super typhoon Meranti, after strong winds battered southeastern Taiwan overnight, gusting up to 58 meters per second (m/s).

Pingtung County suffers the most power outages, according to media reports, with over 98,000 households left without electricity.

The center of the powerful storm is currently located 60 kilometers south of Hengchun, and is moving 18 kilometers per hour in a west-north direction, according to the latest forecast.

The Central Weather Bureau said as the storm continues to move westward, southern part of Taiwan including Tainan and Kaohsiung are also expected to experience heavy rainfall. Residents of western and southern Taiwan are thus urged to take precautionary measures against strong winds and torrential showers.

Meanwhile, the bureau said it will continue to observe the movement of this year’s 16th typhoon Malakas, which formed early Tuesday, as it may come close to Taiwan and have direct interaction with super typhoon Meranti.