Typhoon Megi is the most recent in a string of storms that have battered Taiwan this year. The category 4 storm left more than 2.9 million Taiwanese without power to their homes and businesses, the Associated Press reported. In Taiwan, several deaths and more than 250 injuries have been reported so far. The Focus Taiwan News Channel posted a photo of a steeply leaning telephone pole and windblown wreckage against a dark sky.
The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite acquired this natural-color image right before Megi made landfall in Taiwan around 5:25am Universal Time on September 27, 2016 (1:25am of the 28th, local time). By 2:00am, the storm had passed the island and was moving in on mainland China with maximum sustained winds of 130 kilometers (80 miles) per hour, according to the Hong Kong Observatory.