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Powerful typhoon forces evacuations in China

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    A pedestrian passes downed trees from strong winds of Typhoon Soulik early Saturday, July 13, 2013, in Taipei, Taiwan. The powerful typhoon surged across northern Taiwan on Saturday, killing at least one person and disrupting transportation and commerce around the island of 23 million people, before heading westward toward the heavily populated Chinese coastal provinces of Fujian and Zhejiang. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)

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    Locals watch fallen trees damaging vehicles after Typhoon Soulik hit Taipei early Saturday, July 13, 2013. The powerful typhoon surged across northern Taiwan on Saturday, killing at least one person and disrupting transportation and commerce around the island of 23 million people, before heading westward toward the heavily populated Chinese coastal provinces of Fujian and Zhejiang. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)

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    Police try to remove a tree fallen by Typhoon Soulik from a street in Taipei, Taiwan, Saturday, July 13, 2013. Taiwan canceled dozens of international flights and evacuated more than 1,000 people from a vulnerable coastal village as the powerful typhoon threatened to bring strong winds and heavy rains to the island. (AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying)

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    Police remove a tree fallen by strong winds of Typhoon Soulik from a main street early Saturday, July 13, 2013, in Taipei, Taiwan. The powerful typhoon surged across northern Taiwan on Saturday, killing at least one person and disrupting transportation and commerce around the island of 23 million people, before heading westward toward the heavily populated Chinese coastal provinces of Fujian and Zhejiang. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)

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    Workers remove a sign of a fast food chain damaged by Typhoon Soulik in Taipei, Taiwan, Saturday, July 13, 2013. Taiwan canceled dozens of international flights and evacuated more than 1,000 people from a vulnerable coastal village as the powerful typhoon threatened to bring strong winds and heavy rains to the island. (AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying)

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    A public bus maneuvers through a path of debris from strong winds of Typhoon Soulik early Saturday, July 13, 2013, in Taipei, Taiwan. The powerful typhoon surged across northern Taiwan on Saturday, killing at least one person and disrupting transportation and commerce around the island of 23 million people, before heading westward toward the heavily populated Chinese coastal provinces of Fujian and Zhejiang. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)

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    Fallen trees damaging vehicles lie on a street after Typhoon Soulik hit Taiwan early today in Taipei.

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Fallen trees damaging vehicles lie on a street after Typhoon Soulik hit Taiwan early today in Taipei.

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BEIJING  — A powerful typhoon has surged into southeast China, forcing the evacuation of hundreds of thousands of people from a coastal province after passing across northern Taiwan, killing at least two people.

Typhoon Soulik disrupted transportation and commerce across Taiwan, with emergency crews around Taipei struggling to restore power to the 520,000 homes and remove hundreds of trees uprooted by the storm from streets and roads.

The storm then hit the Chinese province of Fujian today, packing winds of 74 miles per hour, according to China’s National Meteorological Center, down from the 101 mph winds it carried across Taiwan.

About 300,000 people in Fujian were evacuated from their homes, the official Xinhua News Agency reported.

In Fujian and Zhejiang, another coastal province, train services were suspended, flights canceled and fishing boats called back to ports. China’s weather service warned of possible floods and landslides.

Earlier, torrential rains buffeted large areas of northern and central Taiwan, with schools and businesses throughout northern Taiwan were closed by government order on Friday.

A falling brick killed a 50-year-old policeman in the Taipei suburb of Tanshui, while in Miaoli, a 54-year-old women died after falling from her roof. One man in the central city of Taichung was listed as missing after being swept into a raging river.

Throughout Taiwan, the National Fire Agency reported there were at least 104 injuries.

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