Typhoon Meranti forces shutdown of nuclear reactors

Typhoon Meranti forces shutdown of nuclear reactors

The two reactors at Taiwan's third nuclear power plant in Hengchun in Pingtung County were shut down as a safety precaution early Wednesday as Typhoon Meranti started battering southern Taiwan, the state-run Taiwan Power Company (Taipower) said.

The most powerful typhoon to hit Taiwan in 21 years began its onslaught on southern Taiwan late Tuesday without making landfall and is currently churning through the Taiwan Strait toward China, according to the Central Weather Bureau.

On Wednesday morning, gusts of 191 kph were recorded in Hengchun, setting a new record in the 120 years since the Hengchun Weather Station was set up in 1896, the bureau said.

As of 2 p.m. Wednesday, nearly 500,000 households around Taiwan had suffered power outages due to Meranti, of which more than 260,000 were in Pingtung, Taipower said.

Other areas affected included Kaohsiung, Taitung, Hualien and Nantou, the company said. (By Kuo Chih-hsuan, Huang Chiao-wen and Y.F. Low)

Updated : 2021-03-06 12:14 GMT+08:00