Six people have been killed and another four were missing after Typhoon Soudelor tore through Taiwan Saturday, according to China's state news agency Xinhua. Meanwhile, Chinese officials moved more than 160,000 people out of the storm's path.
Typhoon Soudelor made landfall in Taiwan early Saturday morning with sustained winds up to 120 mph, according to the U.S. Naval Observatory. It reached China Saturday night.
Reports of damage flooded in as the storm left nearly 2 million homes without power in Taiwan, the country's Central News Agency reported. In the Chinese city of Fuzhou, more than 10,000 trees were toppled.
Hundreds of people moved inland before the storm hit land, according to multiple reports. Authorities evacuated outlying islands and the coast of Taiwan.
This is what Typhoon Soudelor looked like on the ground in Taipei.
The system is considered the strongest storm on Earth so far in 2015, at one point registering gusts as strong as 180 mph as it gained strength in the Pacific Ocean, the Weather Channel reported.
The typhoon had already destroyed homes and toppled trees in the Northern Mariana Islands. Heavy rains have also started to drench mainland China.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration posted this satellite video of the typhoon Tuesday, showing its massive size from space.
The U.S. Naval Observatory estimates that the eye of the storm is more than 5 miles in diameter.
Heavy rain is expected to continue to fall in China's mainland Sunday, Xinhua reported, where another 1.4 million homes were reportedly without electricity. Several local flights and trains were also temporarily suspended because of the storm.
The storm lost much of its force as it crossed Taiwan's mountains, according to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center. It is expected to dissipate significantly as it moves through China.
Salvador Hernandez is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Los Angeles.
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