Typhoon Nepartak slams Chinese Taipei

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Super typhoon Nepartak made landfall in Chinese Taipei on 8 July, about 15 kilometers south of the eastern city of Taitung, tearing roofs off buildings, flipping cars and dumping rain across the island.

So far, three deaths and 280 injuries have been reported by the Chinese Taipei Central Emergency Operations Center after the typhoon packed winds of up to 240 kph (150 mph).

More than 16,000 people were evacuated from the worst affected areas, and an official told CNN two railway systems in the country are out of service.

Nepartak is Chinese Taipei's largest super typhoon in about six years and the first for 2016 in the northern hemisphere, after an unusually quiet storm season.
Until now, the northwest Pacific had experienced its longest streak on record without a named storm, totaling 200 days since December 2015.
On social media, meteorologists and storm chasers have been sharing their awe over the shape and size of super typhoon Nepartak, describing it as a "near-perfect" storm.

CNN. 2016. Ben Westcott and Vivian Kam. 'Like a bomb's gone off:' Super Typhoon Nepartak slams Chinese Taipei. July 8, 2016. http://edition.cnn.com/2016/07/06/world/super-typhoon-nepartak-taiwan/