Two dead as Typhoon Nepartak strikes Taiwan

Power has been partially restored on Taiwan after a powerful typhoon slammed into the island's eastern coast, killing two people and injuring 72.

The National Meteorological Centre said the typhoon will continue to bring gales and torrential rain to coastal regions of Fujian and Zhejiang on Saturday.

The storm is hitting China with winds of up to 100km/h and heavy rains after leaving three people dead in Taiwan.

Nepartak is rated as a category five storm - the highest ranking - by Tropical Storm Risk, making it a super typhoon but it is expected to weaken to a tropical storm by the time it reaches China.

Since Tuesday, more than 3,000 visitors have been evacuated from Green Island and Orchid Island, two popular tourist spots off south-eastern Taitung County, local government officials said.

Television showed images of tipped-over motorcycles and large signboards being ripped from buildings and swept across roads in southeastern Taiwan, where the year's first typhoon made landfall. "More than 33,000 fishing boats are taking shelter in port. Air-passenger services and passenger ships to Taiwan across strait have all been suspended".

The typhoon could linger around Taiwan for up to eight hours as it slowly makes its way toward southern China, according to the bureau.

Nepartak, named after a Micronesian warrior, is the strongest first typhoon of the season to strike Taiwan in more than half a century, according to the weather bureau.

Typhoon Nepartak hit the city of Shishi in Fujian province at 1:45 p.m. local time (0545 UTC) in the municipality of Quanzhou, with winds of up to 90 kilometers per hour (55 mph). In the Philippine capital, Manila, and outlying provinces, classes in many schools were suspended and at least six flights, including one scheduled to come from Taiwan, were canceled because of stormy weather and floods following monsoon downpours intensified by the typhoon, Filipino officials said.

Two deaths and 72 injuries were reported, with bullet train services suspended, and more than 300 worldwide and 300 domestic flights cancelled, an emergency services website showed.

Men watch waves crash at the coast as Typhoon Nepartak approaches in Yilan, Taiwan July 7, 2016.

The strongest winds were near the eye and Taitung City took the full force of the easterlies.

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