Typhoon Soudelor was strong enough to lift a China Airlines plane off the runway. The typhoon battered both Taiwain and China and was reportedly the worst storm of 2015. According to The Weather Channel, the natural disaster took at least 34 lives and left a number of people missing.
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In Fujian, strong winds caused power outages to more than 1.41 million households before the storm made landfall, the official Xinhua News Agency said.
Three airports were closed and more than 530 flights canceled, while more than 7,000 soldiers and police were on standby, provincial authorities said.
Typhoon Soudelor also hit the island of Saipan, where about 400 homes were devastated, according to Al Jazeera, but no lives lost.
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by Jill Easton / Aug 19, 2015