Update #4: July 28th 1115UTC (7.15pm Taiwan/China time)
Typhoon Fung-wong has slammed into eastern Taiwan making landfall between the cities of Hualien and Taidong and is now heading towards the city of Fuzhou in China. The storm unleashed torrential rains and winds gusting up to 105kts on Taiwan and is now due to make landfall on China as a 55kts severe tropical storm in the next few hours.
Reuters reported the Taiwanese government suspended all work and school acitivities today. There are reports that one man was injured by a landslide in Taroko Gorge near Hualien as the storm approached the island.
According to the news website China.org.cn 274,300 people have been evacuated from low lying coastal regions of Fujian province and 52,300 fishing boats have been kept at port.
The Taiwanese Central Weather Bureau (CWB) are issuing hourly updates which are available in both Chinese and English at their website.
The name Fung-wong was contributed by Hong Kong and means phoenix as well as the name of a mountain in the territory.
Last weekend typhoon Kalmaegi struck northern Taiwan killing 19 people and causing extensive flooding across the island. Fung-wong is due to hit the same region tomorrow and could unleash another bout of deadly flooding in regions across Taiwan.
Be sure to check back here for more updates on this developing situation.
For more information please visit:
www.typhoonfury.com - My website with up to the minute information on typhoons in Asia from a variety of forecasting agencies
www.cwb.gov.tw - Taiwan's Central Weather Bureau
www.jma.go.jp/en/typh/0808.html - Japanese Meteorological Agency.