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Typhoon Megi makes landfall in Zhangpu County, Fujian at 12:55 Saturday

Updated: 23 Oct 2010
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The clouds of Typhoon Megi captured in satellite images before it made landfall in Fujian's Zhangpu at 12:55 on Saturday. (Picture: www.weather.com.cn)
 
Typhoon Megi, the 13th and strongest typhoon to hit China this year, made landfall at Liu'ao Town of  in Zhangpu County, southeast China's Fujian Province at 12:55 today, according to the Public Weather Service Center of CMA (www.weather.com.cn).

Maximum winds near the center of the storm reached 38 meters per second when it made the landfall. Megi is expected to weaken as the typhoon moved inland north of Zhangpu at a speed of 10-15 km per hour.
 
The post and forecast track of Typhoon Megi. (Picture: www.tropicalstormrisk.com)
 
The Fujian Provincial Observatory issued a red alert, the highest of a four-step warning system, for the typhoon Saturday morning.
 
Heavy rains and strong winds are forecasted today in Xiamen, Quanzhou, Zhangzhou and Putian, according to the observatory.

As of 8:30am Saturday, a total of 79 flights had been canceled at Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport. BRT bus services, bridges, beaches and Gulangyu Island have been closed from Saturday morning in Xiamen.

Typhoon Megi is the season's latest typhoon to hit Fujian province since 1994, according to the report. 
 
Translated by WOXnews.com 
 
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