Powerful typhoon nears Taiwan; ships, planes grounded

July 7, 2016 8:41 AM

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Powerful typhoon nears Taiwan; ships, planes grounded

ILAN, Taiwan – A powerful typhoon was approaching eastern Taiwan, churning up huge waves and wind Thursday that grounded fishing boats, commercial ships and planes.

The fast-moving Typhoon Nepartak, packing maximum sustained winds of 220 kilometers (136 miles) per hour and gusts of 255 kph (158 mph), was blowing over the Philippine Sea with a large rain diameter of 650 kilometers (403 miles), according to the Philippine weather agency.

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