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Super Typhoon Rammasun [#GlendaPH] hits southern China

A man videographs waves as super typhoon Rammasun hit the area in Wenchang, south China's Hainan province on July 18, 2014. AFP

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BEIJING - The strongest typhoon to hit southern China in more than 40 years made its second landfall Friday, authorities said, after leaving a trail of destruction and at least 64 dead in the the Philippines.

Super Typhoon Rammasun (Typhoon Glenda in the Philippines) hit the city of Zhanjiang in south China's Guangdong province Friday night, local meteorological authorities said, according to the official Xinhua news agency.

It first made landfall Friday afternoon on Hainan island, packing winds of up to 216 kilometers (134 miles) an hour, China's National Meteorological Center (NMC) said.

The typhoon was expected to bring torrential rains and was the strongest storm to strike the country's southern regions since 1973, the NMC said.

It claimed its first victim in China soon after coming ashore in Wenchang, Xinhua reported, when a man was killed by debris as his house collapsed.

State-run China Central Television in news bulletins showed images of wind-whipped trees in Hainan and high waves churned up by the typhoon.

"Strong Typhoon Rammasun is too frightening," wrote one poster on Chinese social media, adding it "came ashore with fierce winds".

"It's raining so hard, the wipers won't help and it's hard to see the road ahead," wrote another user riding in a taxi. "The road is full of water and tree branches, and the heavy wind has blown some branches onto the power cables."

A public security official in Wengtian, the city on Hainan where the storm first made landfall, told Xinhua that authorities anticipate a rise in fatalities as dozens of residents had already reported injuries before the power was cut off.

"Some rescuers are on their way to places in need of help, but I have lost contact with them too," said the official, Xu Quanzhun.

The outer bands of the storm lashed Hong Kong overnight with heavy rain and strong winds, but the city was spared a direct hit as the typhoon tracked west towards Hainan.

Late on Thursday, the NMC had issued its highest "red alert" for the storm, the first such declaration this year, according to Xinhua.

More than 210,000 residents in Hainan had been evacuated by Friday afternoon, Xinhua said, citing provincial disaster authorities.


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