By: Milly Lin, Hsu Chih-wei and S.C. Chang
Taipei, Aug. 9 (CNA) Typhoon Soudelor left behind widespread damage when it barreled through Taiwan on Saturday, including an estimated NT$560 million (US$17.67 million) in damage to eight wind turbines operated by Taiwan Power Company (Taipower).
The state-run energy supplier said the typhoon’s powerful gusts of up to 202 to 220 kilometers per hour blew six of its 18 wind turbines at Taichung’s Gaomei Wetlands to the ground and severely damaged two of its six turbines in northern Taiwan’s Shimen Wind Power Station.
The six Taichung turbines suffered an estimated NT$500 million in damage and the two in Shimen about NT$60 million in damage, Taipower said.
Soudelor also left more homes in Taiwan without power than any other storm in the country’s history, but Taipower had restored electricity to most of those homes as of Sunday afternoon. [FULL STORY]