Typhoon Fanapi was the season’s first major typhoon to hit the island of Taiwan. Before it continued on to Fujian Province in China, it unleashed heavy winds of up to 200 km/h and intense rain on the people of Taiwan. Fanapi made landfall in Taiwan’s eastern city of Hualien at 8:40 am (0040 GMT) on Sunday and crossed the island throughout the day. The heaviest winds and rains battered Southern Taiwan in the late night hours into early Monday morning. Hundreds of thousands of people were left without power. Damage around the island was moderate, with landslides, downed trees, signage, and power lines.
At a local high school in Sigang, Tainan County, damage was significant. The 4th floor of the main building collapsed and was blown off onto the parking lot and street. Evidence of strong winds could be seen throughout the high school campus and other parts of town.
Schools, government offices and businesses were closed throughout Southern Taiwan.