Typhoon pounds Fujian, forcing evacuation
Typhoon Talim pounded East China's Fujian Province yesterday afternoon with strong winds and rainstorms after wreaking havoc in Taiwan.
About 193,000 local residents were transferred to safety yesterday, following relocation of 286,000 people in the previous two days.
The typhoon has forced Changle International Airport in the provincial capital of Fuzhou to close, and affected 11 flights to another airport in Quanzhou.
Several inter-provincial highways were temporarily shut down.
The sea ferry service between Xiamen and Taiwan's Jinmen was suspended for the third time this year.
Earlier, Fujian authorities issued a top-level "black alarm," ordering boats into port and placing rescue teams on standby, according to Fujian Meteorological Bureau's website.
The provincial education department issued an order to close all schools in six coastal cities for two days.
Fujian television showed waves up to 10 metres high crashing against
breakwaters in the fishing village of Ningde. The report said there were no
immediate reports of casualties or damage.