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TOPSHOT - A local resident removes a rock from a blocked road in southern Pingtung county as typhoon Meranti slash southern Taiwan on September 14, 2016.
Parts of Taiwan were brought to a standstill on September 14, as the strongest typhoon of the year skirted past the island's southern tip, knocking out power for more than 180,000 households. / AFP / SAM YEH        (Photo credit should read SAM YEH/AFP/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - A local resident removes a rock from a blocked road in southern Pingtung county as typhoon Meranti slash southern Taiwan on September 14, 2016.
Parts of Taiwan were brought to a standstill on September 14, as the strongest typhoon of the year skirted past the island's southern tip, knocking out power for more than 180,000 households. / AFP / SAM YEH        (Photo credit should read SAM YEH/AFP/Getty Images)

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Super Typhoon Meranti wreaks havoc

It only took nine hours for Meranti to exceed wind speeds of 150 mph, taking it from a typhoon to super typhoon and the brunt of the storm is expected to fall on mainland China

Super Typhoon Meranti wreaks havoc

It only took nine hours for Meranti to exceed wind speeds of 150 mph, taking it from a typhoon to super typhoon and the brunt of the storm is expected to fall on mainland China