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Super Typhoon Meranti Brings Massive Waves Crashing Into Taiwan

Super Typhoon Meranti ran into the southern part of Taiwan on Wednesday where it brings big waves along the coastline of the country.

Super Typhoon Meranti causes power interruption in some parts of Taiwan as it has become the strongest cyclone, hurricane or typhoon, of 2016 and is one of three most powerful typhoons ever recorded.

Japan Meteorological Agency analysed Meranti’s central pressure at 890 millibars. Meaning, it puts Meranti in the short list of the deepest tropical cyclones ever recorded anywhere on Earth.

Meranti is the fourth Category 5 equivalent storm of 2016, following Winston, Fantala and Nepartak.

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On Wednesday, the eye of this Super Typhoon passed to the south of Taiwan.

It knocked out power to thousands of households, caused damages with powerful winds and sending massive waves crashing onto its shores.

At least 200,000 households were reported as losing power due to the bad weather.

Forecasters from weather bureaus expect maximum open-ocean waves of 48 feet as the system churns over Taiwan and heads for China.

As it passed Taiwan the other day, Meranti had sustained winds of 290km per hour, and gusts of winds of 350kph.

This makes it the equivalent of a Category 5 hurricane on the five-point Saffir-Simpson scale.

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With little interaction with the island of Taiwan as it slams the country means that the cyclone will maintain its structure. This will result in Meranti striking the Chinese mainland probably as a Category 4 equivalent storm.

The coastline of Guangdong Province and especially Fujian is now at risk of large waves.

According to authorities, a storm surge well in excess of two meters and damaging winds, exceeding those experienced during Super Typhoon Nepartak will be felt by the residents.

Twenty million people is seen to be likely affected by the strength of the wind.

Meranti will slow down a bit before making landfall in Guangdong province in China on September 15, but will still pack a powerful punch, with predicted sustained winds of 92 miles per hour and gusts of wind up to 115 miles per hour.

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