'Super Typhoon' Strikes China

Soldiers continue evacuation despite heavy rain
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 18, 2007 8:22 PM CDT
A villager stands near houses damaged by Typhoon Sepat on the outskirts of Wenzhou, in China's eastern Zhejiang province, Sunday Aug. 19, 2007. At least 13 people were killed as a tornado and Typhoon...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – What China is calling a "super typhoon" struck its east coast today as huge waves pounded the shore and soldiers evacuated residents in heavy rain. Winds of up to 150 feet per second roared through Zhejiang province, whipping up the 36-foot-high waves and suspending ferry and boat services. Earlier rains shut down schools and flooded Shanghai.

More than 2 million people had already fled and one man was reported crushed by collapsed scaffolding in North Taiwan. Experts warn that Typhoon Wipha could dump almost 8 inches of rain and cause landslides and flash floods. "Wipha will hit our province head on and the areas affected would be the most economically developed and densely populated," an official said.