The first typhoon of the year is here, and it’s a doozy!
Super Typhoon Nepartak made landfall in Taiwan earlier this morning at around 5:50 a.m., bringing with it heavy rains and strong winds to the island’s heavily populated western coast.
All across the island, classes were canceled and people had the day off work. Taiwanese authorities estimate that because of the fierce winds, one million residents may be without power. Meanwhile, they have issued warnings for flash floods as heavy rains pummel the mountainous island.
Check out some pics from Taiwan below:
After making landfall in Taiwan, Nepartak took a turn back out to sea. It will slowly make its way to the mainland, where it is scheduled to make landfall in Fujian province on Saturday morning. Fortunately, on its journey, Nepartak will likely lose much of its power, and be downgraded to a tropical storm by the time it hits land.
Still, mainland authorities aren’t taking any chances and are preparing for the worst. Already 341 trains have been canceled in Fujian province from Friday to Sunday as the province expects to receive 300 mm of rain during that time.
More rain isn’t exactly what China needs at this point. Heavy rains that have fallen over the past couple of weeks have caused severe flooding that has killed at least 160 people, mainly along the Yangtze. 1.84 million people have forced to evacuate, pigs have been stranded, alligators have been loosed and an estimated 57.8 billion yuan of damage has been done — but at least one dude was able to save his leather shoes.
Check out some footage of the super typhoon from Taiwan’s Central News Agency:
[Images via Weibo / The Weather Channel]