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Typhoon Throws Eastern China Into Chaos
A powerful typhoon has made landfall in eastern China forcing tens of thousands out of their homes.
With winds of almost 100mph, Typhoon Fitow hit the country's Fujian Province early on this morning.
Dramatic TV pictures show huge waves battering coastal defences. The spectacle drew crowds despite warnings.
"I heard that the tidal bores can be bigger when a typhoon is near. So I came here to watch," one spectator told Chinese TV.
"It was very impressive. I've never seen waves huger than these today," another said.
Soldiers from China's vast army have been drafted in to build levees and to help evacuate residents form their homes.
Across several eastern provinces, half a million people have been moved from their homes as a precaution.
Thousands of fishing boat were ordered back to port as the authorities issued the highest warning - a red alert.
In the neighbouring Zhejiang Province, the flood relief agency has issued detailed figures giving a sense of the scale of the disruption.
They say that 574,000 people have been evacuated and 35,800 fishing boats called back to port.
Travel will be disrupted for sometime. The high-speed rail network, which now criss-crosses vast parts of China, has been suspended in both Fujian and Zhejiang.
Power lines are down and flooding is making access for repair teams difficult.
Twenty-seven flights out of Zhejiang's Wenzhou Airport have been cancelled.
According to China's Xinhua News Agency, two people are confirmed to have died.
Fitow, named after a Micronesian flower, is the 23rd typhoon to hit China this year. It comes just two weeks after Typhoon Usagi left 25 people dead in southern China.
As predicted, the storm is now weakening as it progresses westwards. Nevertheless, four more provinces are preparing for a few days of high winds, heavy rains and plenty of disruption.