Typhoon Maria causes blackouts in Taiwan

Taipei, Typhoon Maria has left some 16,000 households across the country without power as it moves away from Taiwan Wednesday, according to state-run utility Taiwan Power Company (Taipower).

As of 9 a.m., 16,320 households were still without electricity, down from a peak of 48,828 households without power earlier that day, Taipower said.

The households still affected were mainly located in northern Taiwan, with 10,960 in New Taipei and 2,345 in Taoyuan, the state-run utility said.

Though categorized as a super typhoon before reaching Taiwan, Typhoon Maria only had a limited impact on the island after its periphery hit Taiwan on Tuesday evening.

There have been no reports of major damage anywhere in the country.

The land warning for the typhoon is expected to be lifted for Taiwan proper around noon.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel