Strong typhoon Hai Tang lashed Taiwan with heavy winds, although Taichung City did not suffer severely, many advertising signs collapsed, and roadside trees were also blown down, causing traffic jams in parts of the city. There were also roof tops hanging precariously with cables, looking very dangerous. Altogether, there were 203 reports of fallen advertising signs, tree collapses, iron house fence collapse, power supply damages and others. Luckily, no one had been injured. In the morning,Mayor Hu inspected many places for collapsed trees, and directed the Construction Bureau and the Environmental Protection Bureau to start work on cleaning up the debris.
Mayor Hu expressed that typhoon Hai Tang’s winds were frightening, but the rain it brings ought not to be ignored either. The City Government team was on full alert, clearing all drainage gutters, preparing sandbags for areas that tend to flood, and preparing water pumps. He also advised citizens to avoid going out, and help prevent tragedies. However, during Mayor Hu’s inspection, he witnessed some foreigners having their photos taken with collapsed trees. Mayor Hu deliberately went over to warn them about the taking care, when these three Australians recognized Mayor Hu, they told him that since there are no typhoons in Australia, and they wanted to take photos to remember this huge typhoon.