Monday, September 26, 2005

Biggest typhoon in 30 years hits south China island - Reuters

"Off-course, all these extreme weather are part of a cyclical pattern."
It's all happening at the same time...
The problem is this is not happening in the Atlantic Ocean.


Biggest typhoon in 30 years hits south China island
Monday 26 September 2005, 9:04pm EST
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BEIJING, Sept 26 (Reuters) - The strongest typhoon to hit China's southern tropical island of Hainan since 1973 swamped two villages on Monday after forcing the evacuation of thousands, the official Xinhua news agency said.
There were no immediate reports of casualties but the storm was moving westward and would sweep the whole of Hainan island throughout the day, officials said. Experts warned that rice, rubber and banana crops could suffer major damage.
The 18th typhoon of the year to threaten China hit land before dawn north of Wanning city in the east of the island often referred to as China's Hawaii, the official Xinhua news agency quoted Hainan meteorological officials as saying.
Typhoon Damrey was packing winds of 200 km (125 miles) per hour, Xinhua said, making it comparable to Hurricane Rita, which slammed into the Texas-Louisiana coast on Saturday, causing flooding but largely sparing the U.S. region's refineries.
"The typhoon, with the wind speed of 55 metres per second at the centre, dwarfed all those that had hit Hainan since 1960," apart from a storm that struck the province on Sept. 13, 1973, it quoted Cai Qinbo, deputy director of the Hainan Provincial Meteorological Station, as saying.
The two coastal villages were left under water one metre
(yard) deep after the 2,000 villagers had been relocated.
High tides also flooded another village in Xuwen County of Guangdong province, just to the north of Hainan, Xinhua said. More than 13,600 were evacuated to higher ground there.


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