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Typhoon Chanthu floods Taiwan with up to 5 inches of rain


Typhoon Chanthu inundated Taiwan as the center of the storm passed the island’s east coast, but no injuries were reported

TAIPEI, Taiwan – Typhoon Chanthu inundated Taiwan on Sunday as the center of the storm passed the east coast of the island, but no injuries were reported.

Airlines flights and rail service were suspended on Saturday as the storm approached. The central news agency reported that more than 2,000 people were evacuated from flood-prone areas in Hualien County on the east coast.

By mid-morning Sunday, the center of Chanthu was off the northeast coast of Taiwan, with winds of 162 km / h (101 mph) and gusts of up to 198 km / h (124 mph), according to the Central Weather Bureau.

Up to 13 centimeters (5 inches) of rain fell in some areas on Sunday, the Weather Bureau said. He said up to 20 centimeters (8 inches) were expected.

Heavy rains also fell in Taipei, the capital, and other parts of the island.

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ABC News

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