The world's tallest building, Taipei 101, was undamaged, a
spokesman for the company that owns the 1,676 feet tower said.
The 101-storey building is designed to withstand powerful
earthquakes and once-in-century storms.
Aere, with gusts of up to 108 mph, was moving west at 9 mph
toward China. Taiwan's premier Yu Shyi-kun was forced to make
an unscheduled six-hour stop in Okinawa after his plane was
diverted early on Wednesday.
"As the storm continues moving westward, the wind and rain
in northern Taiwan are expected to ease significantly by the
afternoon," said Fred Tsai, a forecaster at the weather bureau.
The typhoon has already dumped 59 inches of rain on some
mountainous regions in Taiwan that were still reeling from
Typhoon Mindulle in July. That storm killed at least 22 people.
"We are still trying to rebuild our home after the last
typhoon and now we have to flee again," a woman surnamed Lee
told television at a public shelter in the hilly county of
Some 240,000 households around the island were left without
electricity, while nearly 1 million homes have no tap water.
Businesses in 12 Taiwan cities and counties, including the
capital, were closed. Taipei's international airport was open
but some flights were grounded.
Traffic at Taiwan's second-largest port, Keelung, has
ground to a halt since Tuesday.
"The wind and rain is still heavy, but it is gradually
easing. No vessels have entered or left the harbour since
yesterday, said a Keelung harbour official.
In 2001, one of Taiwan's deadliest years for storms,
Typhoon Toraji killed 200 people. A few months later, Typhoon
Nari caused Taipei's worst flooding on record and killed 100
people. (Additional reporting by Richard Chung and Richard