Typhoon Fitow slams into China
BEIJING (AFP) - Typhoon Fitow slammed into the east coast of China on Monday after thousands of people were evacuated to safety and weather authorities issued their highest alert level.
The storm, packing winds of up to 151kmh, made landfall in Fujian province in the early hours, bringing lashing rain and causing widespread blackouts, the official Xinhua news agency reported.
It was expected to continue northwest but weaken quickly, the National Meteorological Centre said.
In Zhejiang province's coastal Cangnan County some houses collapsed in the strong winds, according to flood control authorities, while a boy was injured by flying glass.