Powerful Typhoon Fitow hits eastern China

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Frontier soldiers run as a storm surge hits the coastline under the influence of Typhoon Fitow in Wenling, Zhejiang province, October 6, 2013. Photo: REUTERS/China Daily
Typhoon Fitow hit China\’s east coast with winds up to 151 kilometers per hour killing at least two people early on Monday morning, state media reported.
China\’s National Meteorological Center says Typhoon Fitow struck Fuding city early Monday with winds of 150 kilometers per hour, then quickly slowed before weakening to a tropical storm.
Authorities evacuated more than half a million people, while the storm dumped more than 200 millimeters of rain on the region. 
Forecasters say Fitow will continue to move northwestward, but will weaken quickly.
Fitow is named after a flower from Micronesia. The typhoon is the 23rd to hit China this year.
Source: Agencies
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