Taiwan suspends work, transport and classes as Typhoon Haikui slams into the island

Typhoon Haikui has hit Taiwan, leading to the suspension of flights, rail transport, ferry services, classes, and outdoor events on Sunday.

Eye of the storm: Typhoon Haikui made landfall on the east coast of Taiwan at 3 p.m. on Sunday, bringing sustained winds of 96 mph and gusts of 120 mph.
* Winds uprooted trees, forced open unsecured doors, and caused flooding in some areas.
* No mass evacuations occurred, but many sought shelter in school gymnasiums and public meeting halls.
* Some shops remained open to sell locally grown produce that would otherwise spoil.

Impact elsewhere: Typhoon Saola, another storm, weakened as it moved along the Chinese coast, leading to business and transport suspensions.
* About 900,000 people and 80,000 fishing vessels had been moved to safety in China.
* Damage was reported to be minimal and most restrictions had been lifted by Sunday.

What’s next: Typhoon Haikui is expected to continue toward China after crossing over Taiwan.
* Chinese city of Shantou in Guangdong province is advising its residents to take precautions.
* The impact of Typhoon Saola led to the start of the school year being postponed and hundreds of people were stranded at the airport after approximately 460 flights were canceled.

Context: China has recently experienced some of its heaviest rains and deadliest flooding in years.
* Despite the twin storms, China’s military continues operations meant to intimidate Taiwan, which is closely monitoring the movements of Chinese military aircraft and navy ships.

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