Typhoon Jangmi has smashed into Taiwan, bringing torrential rain, and winds over 200 kph. More than 150 flights were cancelled today, and many businesses in Taipei will not open for work tomorrow, including the foreign exchange and stock markets. The number of people reported injured is mercifully low, but the typhoon halted Taiwan’s high-speed rail service, and shut down two major sea ports.
Jangmi is the most powerful storm so far this year. It is now heading northwest across the island, towards southern China. Beijing sounded the alert as Jangmi bears down on the coast. Shipping has been advised to return to harbour, and there are warnings of floods and possible landslides. Jangmi is the second major storm to hit Taiwan in recent days. Typhoon Sinlaku killed twelve people two weeks ago.