Downgraded from a typhoon to a tropical storm, but causing flooding and mudslides

At 0330 GMT Kalmaegi was 90 kilometres northwest of Taipei, with wind speeds up to 83 kilometres an hour.

Kalmaegi was downgraded from a typhoon to a tropical storm. But it has still caused flooding in various parts of southern and central Taiwan.

"Wind speeds are less of a concern than precipitation, as rain continues to fall on the island at up to 1.25 inches per hour,” said Jason Butke, research meteorologist at AIR Worldwide, speaking yesterday. “Twenty-four hours prior to landfall, the storm's outer bands drenched southern Taiwan with 8-16 inches of rainfall in the course of a day with isolated pockets in the south receiving nearly 20 inches of rain," he added.

There are reports that the dead include a child, that eight people are missing and four injured.

The child was killed in the southern city of Kaohsiung when a house was hit by a mudslide, according to the National Fire Agency said. In addition, a teenage boy is believed to be buried under the rubble.

Kalmaegi is forecast to make a second landfall in the province of Zhejiang, China.