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China evacuates thousands ahead of Typhoon Chan-hom
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China evacuates thousands ahead of Typhoon Chan-hom

This satellite image taken by the JMA MTSAT-2 satellite at 9;30 a.m. EDT on Thursday, July 9, 2015, shows Tropical Storm Linfa, left, tracking westward parallel to the coast of China, and Typhoon Chan-hom, over the Ryukyu Trench south of Okinawa, Japan, on a track heading northwest toward the China coast north of Wenzhou. Southeastern provinces in China were alerted about possible flooding and severe weather this week from both approaching storms. (NOAA via AP)

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese authorities have evacuated tens of thousands of people, canceled scores of trains and flights and shuttered seaside resorts as a super-typhoon with wind gusts up to 200 kilometers per hour (125 mph) heads toward the southeastern coast.

China’s national weather service said super Typhoon Chan-hom is expected to make landfall by early Saturday at Fujian or Zhejiang province, and has issued its highest-level alert.

Zhejiang’s Civil Affairs Bureau said nearly 60,000 people were evacuated from coastal areas. The country’s railway service said more than 100 trains between the region’s cities are canceled through Sunday.

In the seaside city of Zhoushan, all flights in and out of its airport have been canceled. The city has halted bus services and speedboat ferry services. Several tourist spots also were closed. In the nearby port city of Ningbo, 23 flights were canceled, the airport said.

Several area cities also have announced suspension of inter-city bus services.

The storm earlier dumped rain on northern Philippines and was expected to pass by Taiwan, where several flights were suspended. The stock market and public offices were closed Friday in Taipei, the island’s capital, authorities announced.

Southern China already was struck by another typhoon earlier this week. Typhoon Linfa displaced 56,000 people in southern Guangdong province.

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