Typhoon Fitow makes landfall in east China

Monday 07 October 2013 23.40
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Typhoon Fitow has brought rainstorms to many areas in Fujian and Zhejiang Province
Typhoon Fitow has brought rainstorms to many areas in Fujian and Zhejiang Province
A huge wave hits as guards run along a dyke as Typhoon Fitow moves to make landfall
A huge wave hits as guards run along a dyke as Typhoon Fitow moves to make landfall
The typhoon has cut off power supply in some areas
The typhoon has cut off power supply in some areas

Typhoon Fitow's landfall in east China's Fujian Province has brought rainstorms to many areas in Fujian and Zhejiang Province, leaving streets logged and power supply cut off.

The tropical storm, the 23rd typhoon this year, landed in Shacheng Township of Fuding City in the early hours of this morning, packing winds at a speed of up to 151km/h.

A rainstorm accompanying the typhoon hit Fuding City, damaging several advertisement boards and cutting off power supply in some areas of the city.

The maximum wind speed in Ningde City, dozens of kilometres away from Fuding, reached 50.7 metres per second.

The storm left the low-lying villages along the coast immersed by water with a depth of about 70 to 80cm.

Several motorways in Fujian were closed because of the typhoon.

After making its landfall, Typhoon Fitow moved northwestward at a speed of 20km/h, and brought rainstorms to some areas in east China's Zhejiang Province as well.

Cangnan County, located about 50km from Fuding, saw the strongest winds of over 200km/h.

The average rainfall exceeded 100mm. The power supply in about 70% of the towns and villages were cut off for a while.

In the city area, streets were logged, and advertisement boards were damaged. Trees along some streets were uprooted. Fortunately, no casualties were reported.

All the long-distance traffic within the county was suspended because of the typhoon, leaving about 1,100 passengers stranded at the train station.