Super typhoon hits Taiwan, cuts off shipping to China
Super Typhoon Usagi, the world's strongest storm this year, lashed Taiwan with rain and wind on Saturday as it swept past the southern part of the island, cutting electricity and forcing evacuations while disrupting cross-strait shipping with China.
Taiwan's Central Weather Bureau issued land and sea warnings, advising people to stay indoors as the storm approached the island's southeast. As of 3:30 p.m. Saturday in Taipei, 3,000 people had been evacuated, the Central Emergency Operation Center said on its website. More than 88,000 households were without electricity as of 5 p.m. Saturday, state-run Taiwan Power said.
Usagi was expected to make landfall on the central-eastern coast of China's Guangdong province between Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning, China's Meteorological Administration said in a statement posted on its website.
At 6 a.m. Hong Kong time, the storm was about 267 miles east of Hong Kong, the city's observatory said. Shipping transportation between China and Taiwan was partially suspended as Usagi headed toward China's coast, the official Xinhua news wire reported. All lines from Quanzhou to Kinmen were canceled, and most from Xiamen to Kinmen were halted, Xinhua said.
Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd., Hong Kong's largest airline, and its unit Hong Kong Dragon Airlines Ltd. will stop Hong Kong operations from 6 p.m. Sunday through Monday, as the storm affects the city, the companies said in separate statements.