TAIPEI (Reuters) - Business stopped in Taiwan on Sunday as a mid-strength typhoon made landfall, bringing heavy rains and strong wind gusts as officials scrambled to prevent a repeat of the devastation caused by a 2009 storm.
Typhoon Fanapi, Taiwan's most severe storm so far in 2010 with wind gusts of up to 198 kph (123 mph), had cancelled all domestic flights and a handful of international ones on Sunday.
Fears of high winds had also shut down the island's biggest ports, in Kaohsiung and Keelung.
18 September 2010 Last updated at 23:43 ET
Typhoon Fanapi sweeps into Taiwan
A powerful typhoon has swept into Taiwan, closing schools and offices and disrupting transport.
Typhoon Fanapi made landfall near the east-coast city of Hualien with heavy rain and winds up to 198km/h (123mph).
Taiwan's Central Weather Bureau has warned of a risk of landslides in mountainous areas.
Last year more than 700 people were killed and thousands left homeless by floods and mudslides caused by Typhoon Morakot.