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Typhoon Fitow Makes Landfall

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Chinese authorities say a powerful typhoon made landfall in the eastern province of Fujian, forcing evacuations, cutting power, destroying homes and causing the shutdown of rail and air transportation.

China's National Meteorological Center says Typhoon Fitow struck Fuding city early Monday with winds of 150 kilometers per hour, then quickly slowed before weakening to a tropical storm.

Authorities evacuated more than half a million people while the storm dumped more than 200 millimeters of rain on the region.

Forecasters say Fitow will continue to move northwestward, but will weaken quickly.

Footage carried by CCTV showed fallen trees on flooded roadsides and traffic disrupted by the typhoon on early Monday morning.

A boy was injured by flying glass as a result of the typhoon's strong winds on Monday, Xinhua added.

Fitow is named after a flower from Micronesia. The typhoon is the 23rd to hit China this year.

Reuters contributed to this report.