After hammering the Philippines, where the storm’s fierce winds and rainfall caused floods and landslides that resulted in at least six fatalities, Typhoon Doksuri struck southern Taiwan on Thursday.
The storm, which Taiwan’s weather service has rated as a second-strong typhoon, was moving toward the southern Taiwan Strait on Thursday morning with winds as high as 191 kilometers per hour (118 miles per hour).
Since Doksuri battered the northern Philippine shoreline on Wednesday, bursting river banks, flooding low-lying villages, and setting off hundreds of landslides, it has lost some of its strength.
A mother, her child, and two other children were killed when a house in the Buguias town of Benguet province was buried by a landslide. According to authorities, a 17-year-old adolescent was killed in the nearby resort city of Baguio after soil that had been loosened by persistent rain buried his home.
A woman peddling bread from a bicycle cart died in Isabela province, also in the north, after being struck in the head by a falling coconut tree, according to a police complaint.
The meteorological agency in Taiwan issued wind and rain warnings for the southern region of the island on Thursday, including the significant port city of Kaohsiung, where businesses and schools were closed and landslide warnings were issued.
On the island, all domestic flights were halted, while just a few international flights were canceled. There were no rail connections between southern and eastern Taiwan.
In the mountainous southern and eastern Taiwan, where approximately 0.7 meters of rain were recorded in certain locations and up to one meter of rain was predicted, more than 4,000 people were evacuated as a precaution.
More than 15,700 houses in Taiwan had their power turned off by the typhoon, but most of them had it restored by the time it passed.
Late on Wednesday, Kaohsiung city mayor Chen Chi-mai wrote on Facebook that “Typhoon Doksuri should not be underestimated.”
He pointed to threats from torrential rain in hilly places and added, “The police and military force will assist in the effort of forced evacuation if necessary.”
On Friday morning, the storm is anticipated to make landfall in southern China.
The typhoon warning signal from China’s National Meteorological Centre was increased on Wednesday from orange to red, the strongest indication in the four-tier color-coded warning system.
As a precaution, authorities advised citizens to stock up on food, essentials, and candles.
Doksuri would follow Talim, which struck Guangdong province on July 17 in the evening, as the second typhoon to make landfall in China in less than two weeks.