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Weekly wrap-up: Deadly Typhoon Megi batters Taiwan, China; Congress passes legislation to help fight Zika

Powerful Typhoon Megi slammed Taiwan and China with damaging winds, landslides and flooding rains through the middle of the week.

The storm is responsible for four deaths in Taiwan and at least two in China. One of the fatalities in China was the result of devastating landslides caused by Megi as it moved inland on Wednesday. More than 30 people were missing in the province of Zhejiang, Xinhua reported.

Megi is also blamed for more than 600 injuries and millions of dollars in damage in Taiwan, according to the Associated Press.

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Once Megi dissipated, all eyes in the western Pacific shifted to Chaba, which was poised to become the next tropical cyclone to threaten parts of Asia.

Meanwhile, Matthew developed into the fifth Atlantic hurricane this year on Thursday as the system moved through the Caribbean. The storm is the first hurricane in the Atlantic since Hermine at the beginning of September.

Excessive rainfall that fell across parts of the Midwest caused water levels along the Cedar River in Iowa to reach major flood stage in cities such as Waterloo, Cedar Rapids and Vinton.

Schools in Cedar Rapids were canceled through Thursday and thousands of residents received voluntary evacuation orders, the AP reported. Residents helped place 250,000 sandbags around town in preparation for the rising floodwaters.

Cory Harrison stands on a flood wall as he looks over businesses flooded by the Cedar River, Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

The river crested around 22 feet on Tuesday, which was the second-highest river crest on record for the Cedar River at Cedar Rapids.

Seven months after President Obama requested $1.9 billion to help fight the Zika virus, Congress finally passed legislation on Wednesday that would approve $1.1 billion to help fight the spread and effects of the virus.

According to NPR, the deal reached in Congress includes $394 million to help control Zika-carrying mosquitoes, $397 million to help develop a vaccine and another $66 million to help people affected by Zika in Puerto Rico and other United States territories.

Fall officially began on Thursday, Sept. 22, but for parts of the Intermountain West, the first couple days of the season were more like winter.

"A strong storm system barreled into the West this past week and brought a shot of cooler air from Canada which lead to some snow across the higher elevations of the Rockies," AccuWeather Meteorologist Jordan Root said.

Snow blankets the ground along Mirror Lake on Friday, Sept. 23 at Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest in Utah. (Photo/Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest)

A 37-year-old woman was struck and killed by lightning in Austin, Texas, on Sunday, according to the Travis County Sheriff's Office. The woman had been running on a trail when she was struck. The number of lightning fatalities in the U.S. for 2016 now stands at 36, the most since 2007 when 45 people were killed.

Severe flooding occurred in parts of Australia during the weekend of Sept. 24-25. The town of Forbes, located in the state of New South Wales in southeastern Australia, was declared a natural disaster zone, according to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

Water levels on the Lachlan River peaked at 35 feet (10.67 meters) and about 1,000 residents were under an evacuation order due to the flooding.

Several AccuWeather meteorologists and staff writers contributed content to this article.


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