Typhoon lashes coast; 1.1. mil­lion evac­u­ated

The Washington Post Sunday - - THE WORLD -

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.

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