direct economic losses had reached 2.2 billion yuan ($330 million). Five airports were closed and hundreds of high-speed train journeys cancelled. Power was cut for hundreds of thousands in Fujian. China’s national meteorological centre on Monday put out a blue alert for heavy rain across 14 provinces and regions. Nepartak was a category 5 super typhoon. It had top winds of 175 mph at its peak. A wind gust of 125 mph was measured in eastern Taiwan. Nepartak became the 19th Category 4 or stronger equivalent typhoon to have tracked near or over Taiwan (within 125 nautical miles of the center of the island) since 1971. Tropical cyclones of this intensity are much more common in the western Pacific basin than the Atlantic or eastern Pacific basins.