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Flights cancelled, schools shut, fishing boats recalled as deadly Typhoon Megi hits China

China shut schools and cancelled dozens of flights as deadly Typhoon Megi made landfall on the mainland in the southern province of Fujian on Wednesday morning with winds of close to 120km/h.

Megi, which has killed four people and injured more than 523 in Taiwan since roaring in from the Pacific, made landfall on the Chinese mainland at 4.40am local time, Xinhua reported.

Mainland authorities issued their third-highest severe weather warning in anticipation of the storm.

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Typhoon Megi had weakened to a tropical storm after hitting the coastal city of Quanzhou in Fujian, packing winds of up to 118 km/h, China’s National Meteorological Centre said.

No injuries were immediately reported.

Xinhua said more than 120,000 people who work close to shore or at sea had been moved by Fujian authorities.

The province’s 31,700 fishing boats have been recalled to port to avoid the high winds.

China Southern Airlines said it had cancelled 24 flights, beginning from Tuesday.

In Taiwan on Tuesday, the typhoon’s bands of heavy rain and sustained winds of 162km/h blanketed the island by middle of the afternoon as the eye of the storm made landfall on the east coast. Authorities had raised alert levels for Taiwan, which is prone to landslides and flooding, said Chen Wen-lung, director-general of the National Fire Agency.

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Three people suffered fatal falls and a fourth person died in a truck crash, said Lee Wei-sen, a spokesman for Taiwan’s Central Emergency Operations Centre.

Many of the injuries were from falling and wind-blown objects.

Among those injured were eight Japanese tourists travelling in a tour bus that turned on its side in central Taiwan.

Megi, which is 500 kilometres in diameter, brought more than 300 millimetres of rainfall to the south and eastern mountains of Taiwan on Tuesday.

More than 14,700 people were evacuated in Taiwan, while millions of people lost power and hundreds of thousands of homes were left without water.

Typhoons are common at this time of year, picking up strength as they cross warm Pacific waters and bringing fierce winds and rain when they reach land.

Additional reporting Associated Press

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