TYPHOON ‘MATMO’ BATTERS TAIWAN, NINE HURT

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TAIPEI: Typhoon Matmo pounded Taiwan with fierce winds and downpours on Wednesday, leaving nine people injured, shuttering financial markets, and interrupting rail and air transportation. Matmo, packing gusts of up to 173 kilometers (107 miles) per hour, slammed into the east overnight, becoming the first tropical storm to make landfall on the island this year, the Central Weather Bureau said. Typhoon Matmo had slightly weakened before it crossed the island to enter the Taiwan Strait and head for China’s southeastern Fujian province on Wednesday morning. It was located around 180 kilometers (112 miles) south of Matsu, a Taiwan-controlled island off Fujian, at 3 a.m. Manila time, according to the Central Weather Bureau.

AFP

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