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China bracing for super typhoon Saomai
Saomai strengthened to a super typhoon Wednesday morning, and is currently sweeping west-northwestward around 20 mph. Landfall is anticipated near midnight tonight, U.S. Eastern time, along the Chinese coast well south of Shanghai between Wenzhou and Fuzhou China
Currently packing estimated maximum sustained winds of 160 mph with gusts to 195 mph (this would be a category 5 storm if it was in the Atlantic Basin), Saomai will be the strongest landfalling typhoon this season along the Chinese coast. Wenzhou, with a population estimated around 2.5 million to Xiapu, China could take a direct hit from Saomai's eyewall. Coastal water surges up to 24 feet are possible as Saomai makes landfall. Major structural damage, flooding and power outages are likely as this monster storm roars ashore. The threat for a major loss of life with this system are possible.
Beijing (dpa) - China has evacuated about 500,000 people from vulnerable areas of two eastern coastal provinces before the expected arrival of powerful typhoon Saomai on Thursday afternoon or evening, state media said.
At least 266,000 people were evacuated in Fujian province and 200,000 in neighbouring Zhejiang as Saomai strengthened into a super-typhoon on Wednesday night, the semi-official China News Service quoted meteorologists as saying.
Winds near the centre of the typhoon could be as high as force 17, the highest on the recently extended Beaufort scale, the agency said.
BEIJING, China -- Authorities have evacuated 1.3 million people from their homes in southeastern China as a super typhoon swirled towards them.
Typhoon Saomai -- which has already dumped torrential rains on Taiwan -- made landfall Thursday afternoon, according to Taiwan's central weather bureau.
The typhoon had been gathering strength as it neared China, and is a category four storm, packing sustained winds of 216 kilometers per hour (134 miles per hour).
The Chinese weather service is forecasting three days of torrential rains as the storm moves inland.
Death toll from Typhoon Saomai at 104
By AUDRA ANG, Associated Press Writer
BEIJING - The death toll from the most powerful storm to strike China in five decades rose to at least 104 Friday, with another 190 people missing, after Typhoon Saomai destroyed thousands of homes and capsized ships.
Authorities evacuated more than 1.5 million people from flood-prone areas before the storm hit land Thursday evening on the southeastern coast. Damage was expected to be widespread in areas that were still recovering from Tropical Storm Bilis, which killed more than 600 people last month.
Originally posted by sylvrshadow
EDIT: to add-- Hey Regenmacher, you posted right before I did! Isnt it odd how the number of dead is different in each story.