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Typhoon Hits Taiwan, Thousands Evacuate

Typhoon Soulik taken at 7:33 p.m. EDT Thursday July 11, 2013 as it approaches the Island of Taiwan.
Thousands of people were evacuated in Taiwan as a powerful typhoon made landfall on the northern part of the island.

Taiwan's Central Weather Bureau said Typhoon Soulik hit the northeast coast early Saturday morning.

Businesses and schools were closed and residents were advised to stay indoors. Taiwan's China Airlines and Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific Airways have warned of significant flight cancellations.

Later Saturday, the typhoon is expected to cross the narrow Taiwan Strait and hit the Chinese provinces of Fujian and Zhejiang. Recent torrential rain across large parts of China has already left 200 people dead or missing