Labeled a Category 5 storm as recently as yesterday, Typhoon Maria weakened and turned north, relieving Taiwan of any major harm.
The News Lens
By: Nick Aspinwall
Taiwan emerged mostly unscathed after Typhoon Maria skirted the island as a significantly weakened Category 2 storm. Projected as a Category 5 ‘Super Typhoon’ as recently as yesterday evening, the storm’s eye passed north of the island, ensuring that Taiwan only encountered its periphery.
While New Taipei residents were granted a day off, Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) made the call for offices and schools to operate as usual today. Heavy rains and powerful winds thrashed through the city last night, but caused little visible damage, and sunshine peeked through the post-Maria clouds in Taipei this morning. [FULL STORY]