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Wipha Downgraded from Typhoon to Tropical Storm After Hitting China


Chinese meteorologists have downgraded Typhoon Wipha to a tropical storm after it slammed into China's eastern coast.

Authorities had evacuated nearly two million people from Shanghai and nearby coastal provinces before the storm made landfall in Zhejiang province, Wednesday.

China's official Xinhua news agency says the storm destroyed 669 houses and disrupted power supplies to 109 towns and villages. Xinhua says a government disaster relief team is assessing the damage.

State media have reported only one death.

Meteorologists say Wipha is heading northward, and likely will not directly hit Shanghai as earlier expected.

Before hitting China, Wipha grazed northern Taiwan, prompting the closure of schools, offices and financial markets.

Another storm, Typhoon Nari, hit South Korea Sunday. It killed 14 people and displaced nearly 1,000 others.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.

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