By Jordan Root – AccuWeather
Meranti will continue to barrel inland over eastern China after battering Taiwan and coastal China with flooding rain, damaging winds and mudslides.
Meranti reached super typhoon status on Monday afternoon local time and currently has sustained winds of 290 km/h (180 mph), equivalent to a powerful Category 5 hurricane. A super typhoon is classified when sustained wind speeds hit at least 240 km/h (150 mph).
Meranti has weakened since then, making landfall in southeastern China on Thursday local time as the equivalent of a Category 2 or 3 hurricane, according to AccuWeather Meteorologist Jim Andrews.