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Massive Typhoon Hits Taiwan; Two Killed, Many Injured


As fast-moving Typhoon Nepartak makes its way across the Philippines Sea, fishing boats are secured in a port in Ilan County, eastern coast of Taiwan, Thursday, July 7, 2016.

At least two people are dead and 66 others injured after super typhoon Nepartak slammed into Taiwan’s eastern coast Friday.

More than 15,000 people had to be evacuated in preparation for the storm’s landfall Friday morning and more than 500 flights had to be canceled, according to emergency authorities.

After the storm made landfall in Taitung County, it weakened to a medium-strength typhoon. Nearly 400,000 homes lost power due to the storm, with most of them coming from Pingtung and Taitung counties.

The storm is expected to hit mainland China later Friday.