In 2009, Typhoon Morakot cut a swath of destruction through southern Taiwan, killing about 700 people and causing damage of up to $US3 billion ($A4.01 billion).
At the time of the storm's landfall just south of Taitung City at 6:30 a.m. on Friday, local time, the storm was classified as a Category 4 Super Typhoon, though it was weaker than its peak as a Category 5 storm earlier in the week.
BEIJING (AP) Typhoon Nepartak has weakened to a strong tropical storm as it lashed China's eastern coast, bringing powerful winds and heavy rains. More than 15,000 people were evacuated.
The first typhoon of the season landed at 1:45 PM (local time) in Fujian province's Shishi city, packing winds of up to about 100 km per hour.
Ferocious winds battered the island at close to 200kmh with Taitung recording the strongest gusts in the county since 1901, according to Taiwan's Central Weather Bureau.
Waves are seen behind a girl as Typhoon Nepartak approaches, in Yilan, Taiwan July 7, 2016.
A worker removes uprooted trees after strong winds and rain from Typhoon Nepartak hit Taitung, Taiwan July 9, 2016.
The typhoon was likely to continue to slow, but disaster response officials said they remained concerned heavy rains would trigger floods and landslides in the rugged terrain.
Five airports were closed, prompting the cancellation of almost 400 flights, while more than 300 trains were also cancelled, Xinhua said.
Officials have evacuated about 2.30 lakh people from low lying areas and ordered 33,200 fishing boats to return to ports.
The storm was expected to worsen already severe flooding in parts of central and eastern China, particularly in the major city of Wuhan.
Meanwhile, unscheduled short-haul train service resumed in northern Taiwan yesterday afternoon after train lines across the nation were shut down for much of the day because of the storm. The center of the storm was located near 23.3 north latitude and 119.7 east longitude, about 146 nautical mile southwest of Taipei, Taiwan.
Power supply is out in some remote areas.