Typhoon hits eastern China with strong winds, rain

Taiwan Typhoon
Taiwanese women hold their umbrellas against powerful gusts of wind as Typhoon Fitow approaches in Taipei, Taiwan, Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013. (AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying)

BEIJING (AP) — Southeastern China is being hit with powerful winds and heavy rains.

The National Meteorological Center says a typhoon struck Fujian province with winds of up to 94 mph early Monday, then slowed before weakening to a tropical storm.

Power has been knocked out, flights have been canceled and high-speed rail service has been suspended.

More than half a million people had been evacuated and fishing boats were called back to shore Sunday after authorities issued a red alert — the highest warning — as the typhoon approached.

The storm began dumping heavy and torrential rain across the southeastern seaboard, with rainfall of up to 8 inches in some parts as well as gusty winds.

Elsewhere in Asia, a typhoon east of the northern Philippines blew away with no impact on the country.

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