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.