Typhoon lashes coast; 1.1. million evacuated
A typhoon pounded the Chinese coast south of Shanghai on Saturday with strong winds and heavy rainfall, submerging roads, felling trees and forcing the evacuation of 1.1 million people.
Typhoon Chan-hom slammed ashore with winds of up to 100 mph near Zhoushan, a city in Zhejiang province. It has dumped more than four inches of rain since late Friday— about a month’s average in less than 24 hours, China Central Television and the Xinhua News Agency reported.
No deaths or injuries had been reported by Saturday evening.
About 1.1 million people were evacuated from the coastal areas of Zhejiang and more than 46,000 in neighboring Jiangsu province ahead of the storm, Xinhua said. The provincial flood control bureau said 28,764 ships had been ordered back to port.
The national weather service said earlier that the typhoon might be the strongest to strike China since the communist government took power in 1949. It initially was deemed a super-typhoon but was downgraded at midday Saturday to a strong typhoon, and it was weakening further as it moved inland.