Typhoon Megi wreaks havok in Taiwan (pictures and videos)

Typhoon Megi crashed ashore in Taiwan Tuesday at Category 4 strength with wind gusts over 120 mph and rainfall over 30 inches.

Life-threatening flooding and landslides are likely in Taiwan as Megi is heading to southeast China for its final landfall.

Four people died and at least 316 were injured in Taiwan after a powerful typhoon slammed into the country’s northeastern coastline on Tuesday. More than 2,700,000 homes were left without electricity after some 38 inches (1000 millimeters) of rain fell in Yilan County.

Megi’s 35 mile-wide eye came ashore in northeast Taiwan’s Hualien County around 1 p.m. local time – 1 a.m. U.S. EDT – Tuesday September 27.

Typhoon Megi is nearing a final landfall in southeast China after clobbering Taiwan with torrential rain and wind gusts well over 100 mph.

Maximum sustained winds at landfall were measured at 115 knots or roughly 130 mph, the equivalent of a Category 4 tropical cyclone.

Megi is the third typhoon to either landfall or brush Taiwan in less than two week, after Malakas about 10 days ago, and Meranti three days prior.

Rain was falling at the rate of over 3 inches per hour Tuesday. Taipingshan, in Datong Township, has measured over 3 feet of rain.

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Several other locations in Taiwan have picked up over two feet of rain. Extremely heavy rain advisories continue for all of Taiwan.

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Wind gusts have been clocked as high as 124 mph at Wuqi.

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Uprooted trees, power outages, structural damage, particularly to poorly-constructed buildings, coastal flooding and battering waves will persist for a time early Wednesday, before gradually winding down later Wednesday.

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Life-threatening, destructive flash flooding and landslides are likely in prone areas of Taiwan’s mountains, particularly considering saturated ground from the soaking provided by Meranti, then Malakas one to two weeks ago.Here an example in Tainan City:

Megi’s circulation will weaken soon after its final landfall in southeast China to the northeast of Hong Kong Wednesday.

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