The whole island of Taiwan is now under the influence of this year’s strongest tropical storm Typhoon Soudelor. Huge waves began pounding the east coast this morning, and tourists packed trains and buses to leave the popular tourist areas. Airports were crowded with travelers forming long lines to find vacant seats on flights before take-offs and landings are halted.
The following incidents happened during the afternoon of August 7, long before the full brunt of the Typhoon was felt. In Taichung, wind gusts caused a large panel of glass to fall 19 floors onto cars on the street below. In Nantou County, a landslide covered a road and cut off a remote community, affecting about 2000 people. Trees fell in Taipei, damaging parked cars. There were no casualties in any of the above incidents.
Again, before the typhoon made landfall, a tragedy unfolded in Ilan County when a woman took three children too close to the water and they were swept into the sea. Only one child was rescued. The woman and a child were pulled out of the water but could not be resuscitated, one child remains missing, presumed dead.
Sources: Liberty Times Network, Apple Daily, CTi, TVBS