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Power partially restored on Taiwan as typhoon kills 2

  • In this July 7, 2016, photo provided by China's Xinhua News Agency, policemen help to evacuate local residents before the upcoming typhoon Nepartak in Shanghai, east China.  A powerful typhoon was approaching eastern Taiwan, churning up huge waves and wind Thursday that grounded fishing boats, commercial ships and planes. (Chen Fei/Xinhua via AP)

    In this July 7, 2016, photo provided by China's Xinhua News Agency, policemen help to evacuate local residents before the upcoming typhoon Nepartak in Shanghai, east China. A powerful typhoon was approaching eastern Taiwan, churning up huge waves and wind Thursday that grounded fishing boats, commercial ships and planes. (Chen Fei/Xinhua via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • This July 7, 2016, image provided by NASA shows Typhoon Nepartak as it approaches Taiwan and the Philippines. Philippine forecasters warned fishing boats not to venture out to sea and commercial ships to watch out for big waves as a powerful typhoon roared off the country's northeastern coast. (Jeff Schmaltz/NASA/LANCE/EOSDIS Rapid Response via AP)

    This July 7, 2016, image provided by NASA shows Typhoon Nepartak as it approaches Taiwan and the Philippines. Philippine forecasters warned fishing boats not to venture out to sea and commercial ships to watch out for big waves as a powerful typhoon roared off the country's northeastern coast. (Jeff Schmaltz/NASA/LANCE/EOSDIS Rapid Response via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this image made from video, wind-blown debris from Typhoon Nepartak litters the street and damages a vehicle in Taitung, south eastern Taiwan, Friday, July 8, 2016. Power was partially restored in Taiwan on Friday after Nepartak slammed into the island's eastern coast with ferocious winds and torrential rains. (EBC via AP Video)

    In this image made from video, wind-blown debris from Typhoon Nepartak litters the street and damages a vehicle in Taitung, south eastern Taiwan, Friday, July 8, 2016. Power was partially restored in Taiwan on Friday after Nepartak slammed into the island's eastern coast with ferocious winds and torrential rains. (EBC via AP Video)  (The Associated Press)

Power has been partially restored on Taiwan after a powerful typhoon slammed into the island's eastern coast, killing two people and injuring 72.

Typhoon Nepartak made landfall Friday morning in Taitung county, grounding planes and fishing boats. More than 15,000 people were evacuated.

Taiwan's Central Weather Bureau says by late morning, Nepartak has weakened to a medium-strength typhoon. It is estimated to reach mainland China's Fujian province later Friday.

About 430,000 households were affected by power cuts, but half of them had electricity restored in the afternoon.

The island's railway services have been suspended, while more than 600 domestic and international flights were canceled on Friday.