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Typhoon Morakot Slams Into Eastern China

At least one person was killed Sunday as Typhoon Morakot slammed into eastern China, packing high winds and torrential rain.

The storm made landfall in the coastal area of Beibi Town, Xiapu County in Fujian province at about 4:20 p.m. Sunday, according to China's state-run Xinhua news agency.

Morakot's winds were clocked at 73 mph in its eye, according to the province's meteorological bureau as cited by Xinhua.

Five houses were destroyed as the front of the typhoon brought flooding rains to Wenzhou City in neighboring Zhejiang province just after 8 a.m.

Three adults and a 4-year-old boy were buried in debris. Rescue workers were unable to save the child.

In addition, more than 35,000 ships were recalled back to port, and several highways were closed.

As of about 9:40 p.m. Sunday, the storm remained about 372 miles south-southeast of Shanghai, and is forecast to hit Shanghai within the next 24 to 48 hours as a weakened tropical storm.

Late Friday, the storm lashed Taiwan, killing two people, wounding 15 and knocking off power to about 650,000 households, according to Hong Kong's Metro Radio.


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