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Typhoon Matmo Slams Into China After Pummeling Taiwan

  • A woman struggles with her umbrella in strong winds and rain from approaching Typhoon Matmo in Taipei, July 22, 2014.
  • A woman holds her umbrella while walking against strong winds as Typhoon Matmo hits Taipei, July 23, 2014.
  • A man walks on a flooded street as typhoon Matmo made landfall, Jinjiang, Fujian province, China, July 23, 2014.
  • Men look at a fallen tree atop a car after heavy rainfall from Typhoon Matmo in Fuzhou, Fujian province, China, July 23, 2014.
  • Fishing boats are seen docked at a port as Typhoon Matmo approaches, in Jinjiang, Fujian province, China, July 22, 2014.
Typhoon Matmo
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Typhoon Matmo has made landfall in southern China, the second major storm to hit the country in a week.

Winds gusted to 108 kilometers per hour as it swept over heavily populated Fujian province on Wednesday.

Matmo passed over Taiwan earlier, where it brought torrential rains and strong winds.

Project Path of Typhoon MatmoProject Path of Typhoon Matmo
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Project Path of Typhoon Matmo
Project Path of Typhoon Matmo

No serious damage was reported in Taiwan, though one farmer was killed and a tourist was reported missing after being swept to sea.

Warnings of flash floods and land slides forced the closure of financial markets and most schools and government offices in Taiwan.

The storm's arrival comes as the death toll in southern China from last week's Typhoon Rammasun increased to 56, with 20 more people missing.

Rammasun, the strongest storm to hit the region in 40 years, also killed nearly 100 people in the Philippines and at least 11 in Vietnam.

 

 

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