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Typhoon Fitow Slams Into Southeastern China

Early Monday morning a typhoon struck Fuding city of Fujian province, packing winds of up to 94 miles per hour and killing at least two people, before weakening to a tropical storm.

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People dodge as a storm surge hits the coastline under the influence of Typhoon Fitow in Wenling, Zhejiang province, Oct. 6, 2013. China issued a red alert ahead of Typhoon Fitow, which landed at east of the country on early Monday, according to local media.

Two people were killed in Wenzhou, including a 55-year-old man who was blown off a hill while heading out to help rescue a stranded fisherman, reports AP.

Plane services were canceled, trains were suspended, and there were widespread power outages in southeastern China. More than half a million people were evacuated and boats were called in Sunday in preparation for the typhoon.

Before hitting China, Fitow brushed by the northern coast of Taiwan, causing many flight cancelations and dumping large heavy rains, but causing no other damage.

Michelle Broder Van Dyke is a reporter and night editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Hawaii.

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