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Typhoon hits eastern China with strong winds, rain

BEIJING — A typhoon slammed into southeastern China on Monday with powerful winds and heavy rains that killed at least five people, cut power, canceled flights, and suspended train services.

Typhoon Fitow struck Fuding city in Fujian province with winds of up to 94 miles an hour in the early morning, then slowed before weakening to a tropical storm, the National Meteorological Center said.

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

The provincial flood relief agency in Zhejiang, which neighbors Fujian, said 574,000 people had been evacuated by Sunday evening and 35,800 vessels returned to shore. Fujian’s government said 177,000 people had been moved to safety and nearly 30,000 fishing boats were called back.

The typhoon cut power in towns and counties in Zhejiang while high-speed rail services in the region were suspended. At least 27 flights out of Wenzhou airport in Zhejiang were canceled on Sunday, according to the official Xinhua News Agency.

Economic losses in the two provinces were estimated at about $2 billion, Xinhua said.

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