Typhoon Maria barrels into China after hitting Taiwan

CWB projection of Typhoon Maria's path

Originally anticipated to make landfall around noon today, Maria touched down north of Fuzhou, in Fujian province, at 9.10am.

Typhoon Maria, the eighth this year, made landfall in Fujian on Wednesday. More than 6,800 people are on standby for rescue missions or to fix damage.

Authorities in the coastal province have ordered all fishing boats to return to harbour by Tuesday noon and workers at offshore fish farms were required to return to land by 6pm, according to Xinhua News.

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Vietnam Airlines is to change its operation plan for flights from and to airports in Taipei and Kaohsiung of Taiwan during July 10-11 for safety reasons as Typhoon Maria is forecast to hit the region on July 10. Fishermen in coastal Keeling also brought in their catch and secured their boats ahead of the storm, one day after dozens of ferry services to outlying islands were cancelled.

In embattled Taiwan, two people were hit by falling tree limbs in capital Taipei and 3,430 people have been evacuated from their homes in nine cities by Wednesday morning. Officials took high precautions on Tuesday for the first typhoon of the season, warning about floods and landslides, and evacuating thousands of people in the mountainous areas.

Fourteen national forest recreational areas across Taiwan closed during Typhoon Maria have been reopened after the typhoon had moved away from the island, the Forestry Bureau said in a press release on Wednesday. Its wind speeds reached 191 kilometers (119 miles) per hour. They form as tropical depressions gather strength from the warm waters of the Pacific Ocean or the South China Sea, before weakening over the hills of southeastern China and Southeast Asia.

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