Super typhoon Nepartak arrived to Taiwan yesterday, forcing thousands to leave their homes. It also disrupted power supply and caused the delay of more than 600 flights, according to authorities.
The super typhoon left plenty of damage in the area, with videos and television showing what it did as it swept through Taiwan. The tropical cyclone ripped street and building signs as it moved.
A few hours later, the typhoon moved to other areas as it weakened. But it continued to flood and cause destruction with its strong winds. The southern and central areas were affected by the tropical cyclone, which continued weakening earlier today.
Category 5 Storm
Close to 18,000 people were evacuated from their homes before the tropical cyclone arrived and more than half a million households suffered power outages, according to emergency officials. Strong winds and flooding caused a lot of damage, with many homes and cars destroyed as the cyclone made its way through the areas.
Authorities are now looking at the areas that were most affected and have reported three deaths. More than 300 people were also injured. Train services were suspended and more than 600 flights were delayed. Nepartak is the first typhoon of the rainy season and made landfall in Taiwan early Friday.
Schools did not open and businesses decided to close before the cyclone arrived. Thousands of people working at sea were evacuated and fishing boats were told to go back to port. The typhoon was rated a category 5 but continued weakening earlier today.
First of The Season
The remains of the storm arrived to China’s eastern Fujian province earlier today, bringing strong winds and rain. More than 400,000 people were evacuated in four cities. High speed trains, buses and flights were canceled. The storm arrived with winds of around 62 mph.
Typhoons appear at this time of the year and Nepartak is the first of the rainy season. It is also one of the strongest in years. According to weather reports, the cyclone intensified from a tropical storm to a category 5 typhoon in 2 days. Videos recorded by residents showed just how strong the storm was when it arrived, easily blowing off roofs and everything in its path. The storm had winds of more than 165 mph when it was classified as category 5.
Last month, it was predicted by the local weather bureau that between 19-23 tropical storms would develop. The season usually starts in July and ends two or three months later.