BBC News – Typhoon Fitow hits eastern China after mass evacuation
7 October 2013 Last updated at 00:36 ET

The authorities have issued the highest alert – red – for the area, as Jonathan Josephs reports

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Powerful Typhoon Fitow has rammed into eastern China after triggering the evacuation of hundreds of thousands of people.

With winds up to 151km/h (93mph), the storm landed in Fujian province early on Monday, bringing heavy rains and causing widespread power cuts.

At least two people have been killed by the typhoon, state-run news agency Xinhua reported.

The authorities earlier issued the highest alert – red – for the area.

Some homes are said to have collapsed in neighbouring Zhejiang province and two port workers are missing.

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Typhoon Fitow – named after a flower – made landfall at 01:15 local time on Monday (17:15 GMT Sunday) in the city of Fuding, Chinese meteorologists said.

They warned that some areas in Fujian and Zhejiang could see more than 200mm (8 inches) of rain in the coming hours.

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