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Typhoon Morakot Bears Down on China

People along eastern China's coastal region are bracing for Typhoon Morakot, after the storm lashed Taiwan, leaving at least six people dead or missing.

Authorities in China's coastal provinces say about 500,000 people have been evacuated. Schools were closed and flights canceled in the region.

Weather forecasters expect the storm to weaken as it moves inland.

The storm hit Taiwan late Friday. More than half a million homes lost electricity. Roads and air traffic were paralyzed Saturday. Officials say the typhoon caused millions of dollars in agricultural damage.

Before hitting Taiwan, rains and wind from Morakot triggered flash floods in the Philippines, killing 12 people, including three French tourists and two Philippine nationals Thursday.

A landslide Friday killed at least 12 miners and injured many others in northern Luzon, near the city of Baguio.

Typhoons normally strike the Asia-Pacific region between July and September.

Some information for this report provided by AP.