Power lost to 52,000 homes as Megi begins to batter Taiwan

Tens of thousands of homes lost power Tuesday morning as Typhoon Megi began to batter Taiwan with strong gusts and heavy rain.

Taiwan Power Company, the country's only electricity supplier, said that power to more than 130,000 homes has been cut off at some point since early morning.

After emergency repairs, some 52,000 homes were still in the dark as of 10:18 a.m., with 12,900 of them in the central city of Taichung.

Hualien County in eastern Taiwan and Yunlin County in the south had 9,100 and 6,900 homes without power, respectively.

Air traffic was seriously disrupted, with 346 passenger and cargo flights being canceled or delayed as of 9 a.m.

The Taiwan high speed rail is not in service Tuesday and trains operated by the Taiwan Railways Administration are not running except some regional trains that will be operated under certain weather conditions.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel