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Typhoon slams into southern China, one dead

BEIJING (Reuters) - A super typhoon slammed into China on Friday killing one person, as the government ordered an all-out effort to prevent loss of life from a storm that has already killed at least 64 people in the Philippines.

Typhoon Rammasun, with winds of up to 180 kph (112 mph), made landfall at Wenchang city on south China's island province of Hainan on Friday afternoon, the National Meteorological Center said on its website.

The typhoon, which is shaping up to be the strongest to hit Hainan in more than 40 years, will bring heavy rain throughout the weekend before moving southwest and weakening on Monday, the Xinhua state news agency said.

By mid-evening on Friday, the storm had made landfall in Guangdong province on the mainland. It is likely to hit the southwestern Guangxi region late on Friday.

Waves could reach up to 13 m. (43 feet) high in northern parts of the South China Sea and residents are being warned away from coastal areas, Xinhua said.

The Hainan government said it had ordered fishermen back to port while all airports, train stations and ports had been closed.

State media said access to all scenic spots on the island, which styles itself as China's answer to Hawaii, had been closed, and more than 70,000 people evacuated.

Premier Li Keqiang said people's lives must come first in the severe situation, the Hainan government said.

"Prevent any accidents that may be caused (by the typhoon) and reduce disaster losses as much as possible," it cited Li as saying. Typhoons are common at this time of year in the South China Sea, picking up strength from the warm waters and dissipating over land.

Flooding across a large swathe of southern China in the past week has already killed at least 34 people.

(Reporting by Ben Blanchard, Hui Li and Michael Martina; Additional reporting by Rosemarie Francisco in MANILA; Editing by Clarence Fernandez and Robert Birsel)

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caminante4 July 18 2014 at 12:22 PM

If the typhoon is made in China, is not going to work.

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liondog96 July 18 2014 at 2:15 PM

The Asians are all good people. You ever notice that during these tragedies they are never out looting like in this stupid country? Like what happened in LA riots, Hurricane Katrina, etc.? No looters in Japan after that wave hit. Amazing.

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ranger197172 liondog96 July 19 2014 at 1:18 AM

Look at the particular groups doing the looting.

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coopdabomb July 18 2014 at 12:39 PM

I hope China will be ok. If not where will osama obama and his administration get their money.

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lv2213frs July 18 2014 at 12:39 PM

The photos taken near Manila after the typhoon look the same as before when we visited some years ago.

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SAM July 18 2014 at 10:07 PM

boy what a city, look at it folks, thats your money that built that city. its your money that bought all that junk fron China that filling up our land fills, yep you buy it this month and next month it goes to the land fills.

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dwtomczyk July 18 2014 at 2:44 PM

china could stand to loose a few hundred million people.

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HIEP HOI NAILS dwtomczyk July 18 2014 at 6:24 PM

If you are so agressive and greedy , you will punish by God , Jehovah or Allah ! That's the rule of nature ! China had to stop ambitions by stealing other nation 's resources !

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m4christ2 July 18 2014 at 12:23 PM

and the world still rejects its maker. what do we need to hear Him? time is getting short. seek Jesus!

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Mike July 18 2014 at 1:04 PM

There is no hiding for the Godless.

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butchhall Mike July 18 2014 at 4:01 PM

Tell that to the victims of Katrina...

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ranger197172 Mike July 19 2014 at 1:20 AM

I respect your right to your religious beliefs, all i ask in return is respect mine.

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cgssnavickas July 18 2014 at 1:56 PM

Amazing how it seems like more and more of these storms are occurring. Who or what do we fault?

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MICHAEL cgssnavickas July 18 2014 at 1:59 PM

climate change. coming to a neighborhood near you

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Bruce cgssnavickas July 18 2014 at 4:50 PM

...probably Bush. At least the Democrats are doing so.

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halt1025 July 18 2014 at 2:25 PM

Michelle 2016

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ranger197172 halt1025 July 19 2014 at 1:23 AM

I hope you mean her failure to be elected.

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