Storm reportedly injures dozens of people, could hit China next
Sunday, October 2, 2005 Posted: 1146 GMT (1946 HKT)

TAIPEI, Taiwan (CNN) -- As typhoon Longwang approached Taiwan, a moderate earthquake shook the island, prompting some residents to flee their homes.

Nature's double-whammy left 36 people injured from the storm, according to local media reports, but no one was reported hurt by the quake, a magnitude 5.4 -- capable of moderate damage.

Longwang made landfall on Taiwan's eastern coast Sunday at 5:50 a.m. (5:50 p.m. ET Saturday) with wind gusts over 125 mph (201 kph) and heavy rains. Sustained winds were clocked at about 83 mph. Longwang means dragon king in Chinese.

The storm forced officials to shut down public transportation, and it was expected to strengthen and possibly make landfall a second time in mainland China after crossing the Taiwan Strait.

Forecasters said up to 16 inches of rain had fallen along the northern and central portions of the eastern coast, especially in mountainous areas.

Some 187,909 homes were without power, the fire administration told Reuters.

Before landfall, Longwang was a supertyphoon with wind gusts over 150 mph.

Hurricanes are defined as typhoons when they develop west of the international date line, an imaginary time-zone border drawn north and south through the Pacific Ocean, largely along the 180th meridian.