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Typhoon Matmo slams into Taiwan, one killed

Published on Jul 23, 2014 9:58 AM
Pedestrians shield themselves from the rain with umbrellas as they cross a street in Taipei on July 22, 2014 as Typhoon Matmo approaches eastern Taiwan. -- PHOTO: AFP

TAIPEI (REUTERS) - Typhoon Matmo slammed into Taiwan on Wednesday with heavy rains and strong winds, shutting financial markets and schools, with at least one person killed and some damage reported.

Typhoon Matmo, a category two on Tropical Storm Risk's scale of one to five, packed gusts of 155 kph (90 mph) and made landfall early on Wednesday, the central weather bureau said.

A man in northern Taiwan died after falling into a pool on his farm. News reports said a tourist was missing after taking pictures on a shore.

Taiwan's military had gathered and distributed sandbags in anticipation of flooding.

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