Taipei, Jul 30 (AP) Taiwan’s first typhoon of the year has left 81 people injured and coastal towns flooded as the island braces for a second tropical storm. Also Read - Whoa! Man Slapped with Whopping $3,500 Fine for Breaking Quarantine Regulations for 8 Seconds

Taiwan’s Central Weather Bureau says Typhoon Nesat made landfall on the northeast coast of Taiwan Saturday evening with maximum sustained winds of 137 kilometers per hour and gusts of up to 173 kph. Also Read - 'Very Sorry, But This is to Highlight': Opposition Hurls Pig Organs in Taiwan Parliament on US Pork Imports

Emergency response authorities say the howling winds hit people with flying glass and toppled motor scooters and even utility trucks. Also Read - How Taiwan Went Over 200 Days Without a Single Locally-Transmitted Covid-19 Case

More than 10,000 people, largely from Taiwan’s south, were evacuated before the typhoon and 1,612 are still in shelters today.

Nesat caused the cancellation of 145 international flights and cut power to nearly half a million households.

A second tropical storm is due to reach Sunday night.(AP) AMS

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.