Typhoon Fung Wong makes landfall in east China

2008-07-28 15:24:36 GMT       2008-07-28 23:24:36 (Beijing Time)       Xinhua English

A man tries to stop his umbrella from flying away as Typhoon Fung Wong hit Taipei July 28, 2008. It packed wind gusts of up to 190 kph and forced businesses and markets to close. [Agencies]

FUZHOU, July 28 (Xinhua) -- Typhoon Fung Wong, the eighth tropical storm to hit China's coast this year, made landfall in the southeastern Fujian Province on Monday, according to the provincial observatory.

The eye of the powerful typhoon landed at Donghan Town of Fuqing City at 10 p.m. with winds of up to 119 kilometers per hour.

Though in the eye, Donghan Town saw no rainstorm or strong wind. "Heavy rains and winds are expected after the eye leaves the town," an official with the flood control office of Fuqing City said.

Before the typhoon landed, Fuqing had seen torrential rain with205 millimeters falling from midnight to 8 p.m. on Monday.

In Puxia County, the power was cut off as 15 electricity transmission lines and 498 transformer stations were damaged. But no casualties were reported.

The typhoon is also likely to bring more heavy rains and strong winds in coastal areas of the province early on Tuesday. The rainfall could exceed 200 millimeters, the meteorologists forecast.

Offshore, winds could increase to force 12, while in the coastal cities, force 7 to 9 winds were expected, according to the latest forecast of the provincial meteorological station.

Torrential rains were forecast to hit the cities of Ningde, Putian and Quanzhou as well as the provincial capital Fuzhou.

Typhoon Fung Wong lashed Taiwan on Monday morning, affecting the whole island with wind and rain, just a week after tropical storm Kalmaegi killed 19 people and left six others missing on the island.

Fung Wong will be the strongest tropical storm so far this year, and will strike along China's eastern and southern regions with heavy rain and strong winds, according to observatories in Fujian, Guangdong, Zhejiang and Jiangxi provinces.

The authority of the eastern Zhejiang Province has issued an alert on geological hazards in Wenzhou, Lishui and Taizhou cities from Monday midnight till Tuesday.

Under the typhoon's influence, heavy rain will continue till Wednesday in the province.

Zhejiang has evacuated 338,573 people and called back 27,656 fishing boats by late Monday, according to the provincial flood control and drought relief headquarters.

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