Typhoon forces evacuations in China
A powerful typhoon surged into southeast China, forcing the evacuation of hundreds of thousands of people from a coastal province after passing across northern Taiwan, killing at least two people.
Typhoon Soulik disrupted transportation and commerce across Taiwan, with emergency crews around Taipei struggling to restore power to the 520,000 homes and remove hundreds of trees uprooted by the storm from streets and roads.
The storm hit the Chinese province of Fujian on Saturday afternoon, packing winds of 74 mph, according to China's National Meteorological Center, down from the 101 mph winds it carried across Taiwan.
About 300,000 people in Fujian were evacuated from their homes, the official Xinhua News Agency reported.
In Fujian and Zhejiang, another coastal province, train services were suspended, flights canceled and fishing boats called back to ports.
China's weather service warned of possible floods and landslides.
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