Taiwan warned of floods and landslides as the second super typhoon in two weeks ripped through the East China Sea and headed for islands where Chinese and Japanese vessels are in a territorial standoff.
Typhoon Bolaven hammered into Japan’s southernmost islands, forcing flight cancellations, the closing of an oil refinery and one of the highest weather alerts at the Kadena U.S. military base on Okinawa.
Typhoon Megi, which left at least 11 people dead as it skirted Taiwan and killed 26 in the Philippines, made landfall in Zhangpu city in China’s southeastern province of Fujian, the official Xinhua News Agency reported , citing authorities.
Typhoon Songda strengthened to a supertyphoon after battering the Philippines and headed for Japan on a track that may pass over the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant by May 30, a U.S. monitoring center said.
Typhoon Songda, the storm last week forecast to pass over Japan’s stricken nuclear plant, weakened to an "extratropical cyclone" after its forecast trajectory earlier moved south of Fukushima prefecture.
Typhoon Megi crossed Taiwan, killing at least seven people at a temple complex, leaving a busload of Chinese tourists missing and causing power outages before heading toward Xiamen in China’s southern Fujian province.
Supertyphoon Megi made landfall in the Philippines, dumping heavy rain and uprooting trees on the nation’s most populous island of Luzon. One man drowned after authorities declared an emergency state of calamity.