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Coast provinces battered by Typhoon Khanun
By Shao Xiaoyi (China Daily)
Updated: 2005-09-12 05:35

HANGZHOU: Typhoon Khanun, the 15th typhoon this year, attacked East China's Zhejiang Province yesterday afternoon with strong winds and torrential rains. Meanwhile, Shanghai, the country's largest city, issued a warning yesterday morning, saying that it is expected to be hit overnight.

Typhoon Khanun stirs up huge waves yesterday afternoon at Cheguan Dock in the Shitang Township of Wenling City, East China's Zhejiang Province. The typhoon made landfall at Jinqing Township in Zhejiang's Taizhou City at 2:50 pm yesterday. [Xinhua]
So far, Khanun has forced at least 810,000 residents in Zhejiang to evacuate and 35,000 ships to seek shelter.

Khanun made land at Jinqing Township in the Luqiao District of Taizhou at 14:50 pm, with swirling winds moving at a speed of more than 180 kilometres an hour, bringing rainstorms to most parts of the province.

The typhoon was moving at 25 kilometres per hour in a northwesterly direction, and was expected to tear through the Zhejiang cities of Ningbo, Shaoxing, Jinhua, the capital city Hangzhou and Huzhou, and then into East China's Jiangsu Province, according to a local meteorological observatory.

Many townships in Taizhou and Wenzhou in Zhejiang were plunged into darkness when the typhoon swept through, cutting off the power.

Zhang Qi, a local resident in Luqiao District, said the winds were so strong that she lost her balance and fell over on street yesterday afternoon.
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