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Tropical Storm Nepartak Hits China

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A Filipino man and his dog ride a pedicab along a flooded road in suburban Mandaluyong, east of Manila, Philippines, as monsoon downpours intensify while Typhoon Nepartak exits the country on Friday, July 8, 2016.

A Filipino man and his dog ride a pedicab along a flooded road in suburban Mandaluyong, east of Manila, Philippines, as monsoon downpours intensify while Typhoon Nepartak exits the country on Friday, July 8, 2016.

Parts of China's coastline were hit by tropical storm force rain, wind and waves Saturday as what had been Typhoon Nepartak came ashore in Fujian province.

Hundreds of thousands of people had been evacuated as a precaution ahead of the storm, which hit the coastal city of Shishi with 100 kilometer per hour winds, according to the Chinese government's weather service. State broadcaster China Central Television reported five meter waves Saturday afternoon (local time). Public transportation, including high speed rail service, and drinking water systems were disrupted in some areas.

No fatalities had been reported and the storm was expected to weaken as it moved farther inland through the Quanzhou region of the country. There were still concerns about landslides and inland flooding from downpours.

To China's east, at least two people were killed and 72 injured earlier when Nepartak crossed Taiwan, delivering heavy rain and high wind that knocked out power.

In the Philippines Nepartak caused flooding Friday, prompting schools to cancel classes and businesses to close.

This is considered typhoon season in the region because of the warm water in the South China Sea which often brings fuels downpours and floods.

The mandatory evacuation plan routinely enforced in China in recent years is credited with sparing lives and injuries from high water hazards caused by violent seasonal conditions.

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