Typhoon Megi is moving through Asia and has triggered rock slides in Taiwan that have left 400 people trapped in their automobiles. Though there are people and vehicles that are considered missing, there have been no reports of serious injury or death so far.
Soldiers have been sent in to rescue those that are trapped inside their cars. 200 visitors from China are among those waiting to be rescued. The rock slides have occurred primarily along the Suhua Highway in Northeast Taiwan.
Megi took at least eleven lives on its journey through the Philippines and is expected to hit southern China early on Saturday.
Late on Friday afternoon Megi was 267 miles east of Hong Kong with winds of 25 to 39 miles per hour. The streets of Hong Kong showed no signs of the storm, but Lai Tung-kwok, acting Secretary for Security, advised that people stay alert and tend to their safety.
Crews had been sent into the streets to trim trees, pile sandbags and clear up drains in preparation of what may come. Shelters were being opened. Megi is expected to be the strongest typhoon to hit China this year.
In southern China the gales arrived prior to the typhoon’s appearance. Flights have been canceled and ferry services suspended in Guangdong, Fujian and Hainan. 130,000 fishing boats were recalled and 150,000 people in Fujian have fled for safety. Officials in the area have issued the highest level of warning.
Megi, known in the Philippines as Typhoon Juan, left the country having affected more than 250,000 people. Thousands in the Philippines were left homeless.