Power lost to over 210,000 homes as Megi batters Taiwan

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

The number of homes losing power will likely rise as the radius of the powerful storm is not expected to leave Taiwan until sometime during Wednesday.

Taiwan Power Company, the country's only electricity supplier, said that power to more than 327,900 homes has been cut off at some point since early morning.

After emergency repairs, some 215,600 homes were still in the dark as of 11:38 a.m., with 42,200 of them in the central city of Taichung. There were 32,400 homes without power in neighboring Changhua County.

Taoyuan City in northern Taiwan and Hualien County in the east had 28,500 and 24,100 homes without power, respectively.

Eleven other cities and counties around Taiwan had powerless homes ranging in the thousands.

Air and rail traffic was seriously disrupted, with 346 passenger and cargo flights being canceled or delayed at Taoyuan International Airport 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.

The mostly elevated Wenhu Line of the Taipei Metro was suspended late morning due to safety risks posed by strong winds.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel