Typhoon Fung Wong
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A typhoon struck Taiwan early Monday, closing schools and businesses and grounding domestic and international air traffic.
The storm, Typhoon Fung Wong, made landfall on the east central coast of the island just before daybreak, with winds of 105 miles per hour.
It was expected to drop up to 36 inches of rain on the central portion of Taiwan and perhaps half that much on the southern and northern extremities, including the capital, Taipei.
The typhoon hit only a week after a tropical storm killed 19 people, with six others still missing, on Taiwan.
The authorities provided sandbags on Sunday to residents of low-lying areas. Villagers were evacuated from a mountainous part of southern Kaohsiung.