Powerful typhoon forces evacuations in China
BEIJING (AP) - A powerful typhoon has 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 then hit the Chinese province of Fujian on Saturday afternoon, packing winds of 119 kilometers per hour, according to China's National Meteorological Center, down from the 163 kph winds it carried across Taiwan.
About 300,000 people in Fujian were evacuated from their homes, the official Xinhua News Agency reported.