Typhoon Megi hits Taiwan, causes rockslides

Typhoon Megi, after wreaking havoc on the Philippines, neared Taiwan. Rockslides blocked roads and stranded travelers after Megi hurled winds at 100 miles per hour across the island nation.

A man stands in flood waters brought on Typhoon Megi in the north eastern town of Yilan, Taiwan, Thursday, as it passes south of the island to China. Typhoon Megi's threat appeared to ease Thursday as it approached southern China, but wary residents continued their preparations for a storm that killed 20 people and damaged thousands of homes when it slammed into the northern Philippines.

Officials say Typhoon Megi has brought heavy rains to northeastern Taiwan, triggering massive rockslides on a coastal highway that have trapped as many as 400 travelers.

The Defense Ministry says soldiers are trying to remove the rocks to get to the trapped travelers on the highway in Ilan County, about 90 miles (150 kilometers) southeast of the capital, Taipei. It said Friday that none of the people, including 235 tourists from China, are injured.

In Pictures: Typhoon Megi

The Central Weather Bureau says Megi dumped a record high 40 inches (1,000 millimeters) of rain in Ilan on Thursday.

It says Megi is moving north through the Taiwan Strait. It says the typhoon is packing winds of 100 miles (160 kilometers) an hour and expected to make landfall Saturday in southeast China.

In Pictures: Typhoon Megi

[Editor's note: The original version for this story incorrectly stated that Typhoon Megi made landfall in Taiwan.]

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