Thousands without power after Typhoon Haikui batters Taiwan

A man takes pictures of huge waves in Yilan as Typhoon Haikui makes landfall in eastern Taiwan on September 3, 2023

A person takes footage of giant waves in Yilan as Hurricane Haikui makes landfall in japanese Taiwan on September 3, 2023
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Taiwan labored to revive energy to greater than 40,000 households after Hurricane Haikui barrelled into the east and south of the island, as cities and counties within the affected areas closed colleges and companies and home airways cancelled flights.

Haikui made landfall within the mountainous and sparsely populated far southeast of Taiwan on Sunday afternoon, the primary hurricane to immediately hit Taiwan in 4 years. It then moved throughout the southern a part of the island.

State-run utility Taipower mentioned Haikui knocked out energy for greater than 160,000 households however that lower than 50,000 had been nonetheless awaiting electrical energy to be restored as of late Sunday.

Counties and cities throughout southern, japanese and central Taiwan cancelled lessons and declared a day without work for employees on Monday. In capital metropolis Taipei there have been gusty rain showers.

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing (TSMC), the world’s largest contract chipmaker, mentioned its crops in Taiwan had been working usually and had not been affected by the storm.

Taiwan’s fireplace division reported 5 accidents because of the hurricane however no deaths.

Taiwan’s authorities mentioned that greater than 7,000 individuals had been evacuated, primarily within the south and east.

Taiwan airways cancelled most home flights on Monday, whereas ferry companies to surrounding islands had been additionally suspended. There was much less disruption to worldwide flights, with solely 15 cancelled, the Civil Aeronautics Administration mentioned.

Haikui is way weaker than Hurricane Saola, which hit Hong Kong and the southern Chinese language province of Guangdong on Saturday.

As of Monday morning, Haikui had began to enter the Taiwan Strait and head in direction of China, Taiwan’s Central Climate Bureau mentioned. It is going to proceed to deliver heavy rain throughout Taiwan into the center of the week.

China’s nationwide climate and ocean forecasters issued alerts early on Monday for Haikui, warning of robust winds and huge waves round coastal provinces Fujian and Guangdong and instructed ships to take precaution, Chinese language state media reported.