Typhoon Saola makes landfall in Taiwan, hundreds evacuated
ILAN, Taiwan (AFP) - Typhoon Saola reached Taiwan early on Thursday, causing nearly the entire island to close down and bringing torrential rains that could linger until next week, officials said.
The slow-moving typhoon, which caused the deaths of at least 14 in the Philippines, made landfall near the eastern coast city of Hualien at 3.20am (4.20am, Singapore time), according to the Central Weather Bureau.
As many residents across the island woke up to see their neighbourhoods covered in ankle-deep water, classes and work were suspended everywhere, except for Taidong county in the south-east.
The typhoon, packing winds of up to 155kph, left toppled trees covering streets and hampering traffic in several places in Taipei.