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6 Dead As Typhoon Soudelor Slams Into China

Six people were reported dead, and another four were missing, after Typhoon Soudelor tore through Taiwan and moved into China. The storm is considered the strongest typhoon of the year.

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Typhoon Soudelor made landfall in Taiwan early Saturday morning with sustained winds up to 120 mph, according to the U.S. Naval Observatory. It reached China Saturday night.

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A visible-light image of Super Typhoon Soudelor is seen in the western Pacific Ocean in this NASA satellite image taken on Aug. 4.


This is what Typhoon Soudelor looked like on the ground in Taipei.

Early morning lights in #Taipei #Tienmu #Typhoon #Soudelor

The system is considered the strongest storm on Earth so far in 2015, at one point registering gusts as strong as 180 mph as it gained strength in the Pacific Ocean, the Weather Channel reported.

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Super Typhoon Soudelor is seen in an enhanced infrared NOAA satellite image taken on Aug. 4.

The typhoon had already destroyed homes and toppled trees in the Northern Mariana Islands. Heavy rains have also started to drench mainland China.

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People use umbrellas as they walk in strong wind and heavy rain in Hangzhou, China, on Aug. 7.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration posted this satellite video of the typhoon Tuesday, showing its massive size from space.

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The U.S. Naval Observatory estimates that the eye of the storm is more than 5 miles in diameter.

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A close-up of the eye of Super Typhoon Soudelor is seen in a NOAA satellite image taken on Aug. 4.

Heavy rain is expected to continue to fall in China's mainland Sunday, Xinhua reported, where another 1.4 million homes were reportedly without electricity. Several local flights and trains were also temporarily suspended because of the storm.

Updated animated gif of Himawari-8 IR data w/ eye of Typhoon #Soudelor reaching coast of Taiwan. #GRPG

The storm lost much of its force as it crossed Taiwan's mountains, according to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center. It is expected to dissipate significantly as it moves through China.

Salvador Hernandez is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Los Angeles.

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