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Typhoon Nepartak ravages Taitung with strongest wind in 61 years
【Society】2016-07-08  18:16:50
Taipei, July 8 (CNA) Typhoon Nepartak ravaged Taitung Friday, bringing heavy rain and the strongest wind in 61 years to the southeastern county.

At 4:37 a.m. Friday, a weather station recorded gusts of 205 kilometers per hour in Taitung City, which reached the highest level of 17 on the extended Beaufort wind force scale, the Central Weather Bureau said.

The previous record was recorded in 1955, when Typhoon Iris hit Taiwan. At that time, gusts reached up to 186 kph, the bureau said.



The standard Beaufort scale, which measures wind intensity, has 12 levels, with the highest Level 12 considered hurricane-force. Taiwan, however, uses an extended version of the scale that includes 17 levels, with the highest Level 17 referring to gusts that measure between 202 kph and 220 kph.

Typhoon Nepartak made landfall on Taiwan at 5:50 a.m. Friday at Taitung's Taimali Township.

It has since ravaged the county, toppling trees, ripping off rooftops, overturning cars on the streets and knocking down street signs and utility poles.

The typhoon had killed two and injured 72, according to the latest figures from the Central Emergency Operation Center.



Hundreds of residents were evacuated to safety, and as of 3:51 p.m. Friday, over 49,800 households in Taitung were still without power, according to data from the Emergency Operation Center of Taitung County and the state-run Taiwan Power Co.

The eye of Typhoon Nepartak left land and entered the Taiwan Strait from Tainan at 2:30 p.m., but the bureau said areas around Taiwan, especially Taitung, Hualien, Pingtung, Chiayi and Kaohsiung, could still see torrential rain.

The bureau cautioned residents to be wary of falling rocks, landslides and flash floods, and urged them to avoid mountainous areas and rivers.

(By Christie Chen and Tyson Lu)
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