Typhoon Maria moves away from Okinawa
2 p.m. Wednesday, July 11, Taiwan time: Typhoon Maria barreled ashore over south-central China late Wednesday morning, leaving a trail of destruction in its wake on Taiwan and Okinawa.
At 8 a.m., Maria was 125 miles northwest of Taipei, rumbling wesr-northwest at 22 mph, still packing 110-mph sustained winds and 132-mph gusts at center.
According to ChannelNewsAsia.com, some 3,500 people across the island were evacuated from areas prone to floods and landslides, with about 2,000 soldiers mobilized to help.
About 43,000 homes were without power at Maria's peak, and hundreds of flights serving Taipei's two airports were canceled.
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