A large and very strong typhoon has made landfall in Taiwan.
Taiwanese weather officials say Typhoon Megi hit the eastern county of Hualien on Tuesday around 2 PM, local time.
In the northern city of Taipei, heavy rain was falling and roadside trees were seen violently shaken by strong winds. Few people were in the streets as schools were closed and public transportation services were cancelled.
Authorities say that across the island, 35 people have been injured, and 480,000 homes have lost power.
Many flights have been cancelled. High-speed trains linking Taipei and Kaohsiung in the south have been halted all day.
Heavy rain and stormy winds are expected to continue in almost all parts of Taiwan on Tuesday.
Weather officials are calling on residents to be on alert for mudslides and high waves.
Source and image: NHK