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Strong Typhoon Kills 4 in Southern China, Thousands Evacuated


A powerful typhoon made landfall in southern China Sunday afternoon, killing at least four and causing tens of thousands to evacuate coastal areas.

The National Meteorological Center, which issued a red alert, said Typhoon Mujigae would drop as much as 280 millimeters of rain in some areas by Monday morning.

The storm had winds of up to 180 kilometers per hour when came ashore Sunday in southern Guangdong province. At least 16 fishermen are reported as missing at sea after 40,000 boats returned to port because of Mujigae, which means "rainbow" in Korean.

Mujigae coincides with the week-long National Day holiday. Thousands of vacationers have flocked to the resort island of Hainan.