Parts of Taiwan were brought to a standstill as the strongest typhoon of the year skirted past the island’s southern tip, knocking out power for more than 180,000 households. Although super Typhoon Meranti did not make landfall, the storm brought record strong winds and torrential rains to eastern and southern Taiwan. According to Taiwan’s central weather bureau, observation station recorded the strongest winds in its 120 year history. It said Meranti will have its most significant impact on Taiwan. School and work were cancelled for most eastern and southern counties while trains running along the east coast have been halted. The storm is expected to dump as much as 800 Millimetres of rain in mountainous areas, potentially triggering landslides. According to the central emergency operation center, close to 1,500 people have been evacuated from at-risk areas, with about half in temporary shelters. Meranti was moving northwest into the Taiwan Strait at 18 kilometres an hour. Another storm brewing east of the Philippines may also affect Taiwan later this week.