A resident removes a rock from a blocked road in Taiwan on September 14, 2016. (Image credit: AFP)

Meranti, strongest typhoon of the year, hits Taiwan

142 international flights canceled; close to 1,500 people evacuated from at-risk areas

TAIPEI: Parts of Taiwan were brought to a standstill Wednesday as the strongest typhoon of the year skirted past the island’s southern tip, knocking out power for more than 180,000 households.

Although super typhoon Meranti did not make landfall, the storm brought record strong winds and torrential rains to eastern and southern Taiwan.

At 0215 GMT, Meranti was 30 kilometres southwest of southernmost Hengchun township, packing gusts of up to 263 kilometres an hour.

Hengchun’s observation station recorded the strongest winds...