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Typhoon Fanapi Hits China

Typhoon Fanapi slammed ashore Monday in China's eastern Fujian province, uprooting trees and inundating the coast with torrential rain.

The storm, which caused heavy damage in Taiwan on Sunday, made landfall at 7 a.m. in Zhangzhou City with peak winds of more than 160 kilometers per hour, according to the provincial weather bureau.

The official Xinhua news agency said the strongest storm to hit Fujian this year uprooted trees, tore off tree branches and knocked over billboards. However, some people were able to go to work and no injuries were reported immediately.

A day earlier in Taiwan, Fanapi cut off power to more than 300,000 homes and brought commerce and travel to a halt. Scores of people were injured. Schools and offices remained closed Monday.

Typhoons regularly hit China, Taiwan, Japan and the Philippines in the second half of the year. They gain strength from the warm waters of the Pacific or the South China Sea before making landfall, where they weaken rapidly.