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As Typhoon Haikui continues its destructive path across Asia, leaving tens of thousands without electricity and forcing people from their homes, it is a stark reminder of the danger and devastation that can arise from unexpected weather patterns.
The powerful storm made landfall in Taiwan Sunday and left as many as 36,000 customers without power. In this small island nation, the wind gusts were as high as 111 miles-per-hour and an extensive heavy rain advisory remained in effect until Monday afternoon. The torrential downpour caused landslides, rockfalls and toppled trees and power poles, affecting nearly 7,000 residents who had to evacuate from high-risk areas.
Further adding to Typhoon Haikui’s destruction, an eye-catching image was captured of hundreds of fishing boats anchored around Nanliao Fishing Port in Hsinchu as a precaution. The boats become a canopy of protection against whipping winds and the swelling seas.
Now, Typhoon Haikui is heading towards mainland China as China’s State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters have put Fujian and Guangdong provinces on alert for gale-force winds and downpours. Hong Kong weather officials have also issued a “No. 1” warning in anticipation of the storm’s arrival.
Unfortunately, Typhoon Haikui closely follows Super Typhoon Saola which hit Guangdong’s Zhuhai City on Saturday afternoon. This incredibly damaging storm left behind flooding in the large port city of Shenzhen, and Hong Kong and Macao felt its effects as well. Over 50 people were injured and around 500 were forced out of their homes and into temporary shelters.
It is incredibly difficult to predict natural disasters or prepare for them in a timely, organized manner. However, whenever possible, people across Asia are uniting in an effort to preemptively safeguard themselves and their loved ones during these dangerous storms