1.8M Chinese Flee Typhoon

Typhoon Wipha could be worst in a decade
By Colleen Barry,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 18, 2007 2:37 PM CDT
This image provided by NOAA shows Typhoon Wipha taken Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2007.   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The Chinese government is evacuating 1.8 million people ahead of what is expected to be one of the most powerful typhoons to strike the mainland in years. Typhoon Wipha is bearing down on the densely populated coast  with wind gusts at 165 mph and waves up to 36 feet high. Wipha is predicted to make landfall south of Shanghai early tomorrow.

The typhoon already brushed northern Taiwan, killing at least one man and shutting down schools, offices and the stock market. The government has ordered similar closings for Shanghai Wednesday, and is removing residents from coastal and low-lying areas.