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All of Taiwan saw nasty winds and heavy rain due to Typhoon Megi on Tuesday.

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Sadly, four people – so far – are confirmed dead and close to 300 suffered injuries of varying degrees.

Central Weather Bureau forecaster Luo Ya-ying (羅雅尹) told CNA that wind speeds in Yilan County’s Suao (蘇澳) reached level 17 on the Beaufort scale!

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Yilan City and Hualien County clocked in at 15 and level 14 respectively, while it hit 15 in Taichung’s Wuci District (梧棲) and 14 in Taoyuan’s Sinwu District (新屋).

Taipei saw winds of level 13, while Kaohsiung was battered with 10 to 11-degree bursts.

A tour bus carrying 31 people was blown over on Freeway No. 3 near the Changhua Interchange, injuring eight passengers. The passengers on the bus were 29 Japanese tourists who arrived in Taiwan on Sunday … and were supposed to go home today.

One of the tourists was hurt seriously and is in an ICU.

In dramatic video you can find on our FB page, scaffolding around the Le Meridien Taichung hotel collapsed due to the strong wind, injuring three people on the ground. https://www.facebook.com/RedBrickDaily/

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Forty-four people were stranded on Orchid Island (Lanyu, 蘭嶼) as ferries between the island and Taiwan were canceled.

Taiwan Power Co (台電) said about 2 million households lost power.

Both HSR and TRA trains canceled services yesterday.

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Penghu, Kinmen, Yunlin, Chiayi, Changhua, Yilan, Pingtung, Taipei, New Taipei City, Keelung, Taichung, Tainan and Kaohsiung — all declared Wednesday a typhoon day — canceling school and work as Taiwan cleans up after yet another major storm.

 

(Photos via Taipei Times / CNA / CWB)

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