Even though Typhoon Meranti had not yet made landfall, it still caused dangerous conditions around Taiwan. A 63-year-old man was killed when strong winds toppled a banyan tree in Jiji Township, Nantou County, UDN reported. The tree struck the cab of the man’s truck, inflicting a fatal head injury, as he was hauling a betel nut harvest early in the morning.
Despite rescue efforts, emergency personnel were unable to resuscitate the man.
Much of southern Taiwan has closed schools and businesses ahead of Typhoon Meranti. Only HSR trains are running along the east coast on Wednesday; all other trains along the east coast and in southern Taiwan have been suspended. Flight disruptions have also been reported in southern Taiwan. Additionally, 1,000 residents on Orchid Island were without power last night due to the storm, according to Focus Taiwan.
According to Weather Underground, Meranti had sustained winds of 285 km/h (177 mph) as of 8:00 this morning and is moving northwest at 14 mph.