Thursday, August 10, 2006

Powerful typhoon slams China

1.3 million evacuated as typhoon slams China - Saomai is most powerful storm to hit country in 5 decades; 2 people dead
Associated Press

BEIJING - The most powerful typhoon to hit China in five decades slammed into its southeastern coast Thursday, destroying hundreds of homes and battering the region with rain and wind after more than 1.3 million people were evacuated, state media reported. At least two people were killed. Typhoon Saomai was the eighth major storm to strike China in this summer’s unusually violent typhoon season. Torrential rains were forecast in the next three days as it churned inland across crowded areas where Tropical Storm Bilis killed more than 600 people last month. Saomai, with winds up to 135 mph, made landfall at the town of Mazhan in coastal Zhejiang province at 5:25 p.m. and was moving northwest at 12 mph, the Xinhua News Agency said, citing weather officials. See: Powerful typhoon slams China

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