Taiwan spared as Typhoon Maria weakens

Typhoon Maria path map

Typhoon Maria path map

Typhoon Maria is wreaking havoc along China's east coast, after making landfall in Fujian Province on Wednesday morning.

Maria, the eighth typhoon this year, made landfall at 09:10 GMT on Wednesday in Lianjiang County, in the eastern province, with winds of up to 150 kilometres per hour at the storm's eye, according to local meteorological authorities.

Torrential rain hit parts of Taiwan on Tuesday night even as the island nation escaped the impact of Typhoon Maria that officials were expecting, AFP reported.

Strong gales uprooted many trees, broke fish rafts and caused hazards on roads in Lianjiang, a fishing county.

Residents are also advised to remain indoors during the storm and stay updated on weather warnings.

Across the Taiwan Strait, schools and factories in coastal areas of the Chinese province of Fujian are closed. Ongoing construction projects involving highways and ports were suspended.

More than 270,000 people had been evacuated from their homes in Wenzhou City, Zhejiang Province, as of Wednesday morning.

Typhoon Maria also caused the cancellation of 138 global flights and 170 domestic flights as schools and factories were closed on the island of 23 million people.

A final warning has now been issued for the storm.

Japan is already reeling from its worst weather-related disaster for decades after days of deadly floods and landslides triggered by record rains killed at least 179 in the west of the country.

They form as tropical depressions gather strength from the warm waters of the Pacific Ocean or the South China Sea, before weakening over the hills of south-east China and south-east Asia.

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