Last updated: 09:52 AM ET, Thu September 15 2016

Super Typhoon Meranti Impacting Travel in Taiwan, China

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | September 15, 2016

Super Typhoon Meranti Impacting Travel in Taiwan, China

Photo: Super Typhoon Meranti (Photo via Twitter)

On Thursday, Super Typhoon Meranti made landfall in southeastern China after leaving a path of destruction in Taiwan and wreaking havoc on the travel industry in both nations.

According to, meteorologists have announced that Meranti has been the strongest storm of its kind this year, leaving two people dead and dozens injured. Heavy rain and high winds knocked down trees, disrupted water supplies and even shattered windows on tall buildings in China and Taiwan.

For those traveling to or from the impacted region, most domestic flights have been canceled and international flights have been facing delays and cancellations. Kaohsiung International Airport in Taiwan was forced to cancel all domestic flights and most of its international flights as well.

In addition to issues with air travel, more than 140 trains heading in or out of southeastern China were canceled Thursday as a result of the storm. Major flooding has also been a problem in areas affected by Super Typhoon Meranti, so roads all over the region have been closed.

Meteorologists in China have downgraded Meranti to a tropical depression and have announced that it should continue to weaken as it makes its way north. Typhoons are common in the region at this time of year due to the warm water of the Pacific Ocean.

The latest storm comes just over two months after Typhoon Nepartak grounded flights, halted train service and forced the evacuations of thousands of residents in central and southern areas of Taiwan.


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