Typhoon slams into southern China, one dead

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Typhoon slams into southern China, one dead
HAIKOU, CHINA - JULY 18: (CHINA OUT) A man is blown down by typhoon Rammasun on July 18, 2014 in Haikou, Hainan Province of China. Typhoon Rammasun made landfall in Hainan Island on on Friday afternoon packing winds of up to 216 km per hour and bringing torrential rain. Rammasun might be the strongest typhoon to hit Hainan in 40 years. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress) (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
Workers pile sand bags along the sea wall of Roxas Boulevard as Typhoon Rammasun hit Metro Manila on July 16, 2014. Typhoon Rammasun shut down the Philippine capital on July 16 as authorities said the first major storm of the country's brutal rainy season claimed at least four lives and forced hundreds of thousands to evacuate. AFP PHOTO / Jay DIRECTO (Photo credit should read JAY DIRECTO/AFP/Getty Images)
Maintanence workers put up a collapsed fence on a street as typhoon Rammasun brings torrential rains and strong wind to the area in Beihai, south China's Guangxi province on July 19, 2014. The strongest typhoon to hit southern China in more than 40 years, super typhoon Rammasun, made its second landfall on July 18, authorities said, after leaving a trail of destruction and at least 64 dead in the neighbouring Philippines. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
People play near a damaged sea wall as Typhoon Rammasun hit Metro Manila on July 16, 2014. Typhoon Rammasun shut down the Philippine capital on July 16 as authorities said the first major storm of the country's brutal rainy season claimed at least four lives and forced hundreds of thousands to evacuate. AFP PHOTO / Jay DIRECTO (Photo credit should read JAY DIRECTO/AFP/Getty Images)
People repair a house destroyed by Typhoon Rammasun in Batangas, southwest of Manila on July 17, 2014, a day after the storm barreled over the region . Millions of people in the Philippines endured a second sweltering day without power on July 17, after a ferocious typhoon paralysed the capital and tore down flimsy rural homes, claiming at least 38 lives. AFP PHOTO/TED ALJIBE (Photo credit should read TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images)
People ride in a wooden boat next to debris following Typhoon Rammasun in Batangas, southwest of Manila on July 17, 2014, a day after the storm barreled over the region . Millions of people in the Philippines endured a second sweltering day without power on July 17, after a ferocious typhoon paralysed the capital and tore down flimsy rural homes, claiming at least 38 lives. AFP PHOTO/TED ALJIBE (Photo credit should read TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images)
Children play next to destroyed banana trees following Typhoon Rammasun in Batangas, southwest of Manila on July 17, 2014, a day after the storm barreled over the region . Millions of people in the Philippines endured a second sweltering day without power on July 17, after a ferocious typhoon paralysed the capital and tore down flimsy rural homes, claiming at least 38 lives. AFP PHOTO/TED ALJIBE (Photo credit should read TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images)
People help repair a house destroyed by Typhoon Rammasun in Batangas, southwest of Manila on July 17, 2014, a day after the storm barreled over the region . Millions of people in the Philippines endured a second sweltering day without power on July 17, after a ferocious typhoon paralysed the capital and tore down flimsy rural homes, claiming at least 38 lives. AFP PHOTO/TED ALJIBE (Photo credit should read TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images)
Children hold a placard asing for help next to a house destroyed by Typhoon Rammasun in Batangas, southwest of Manila on July 17, 2014, a day after the storm barreled over the region . Millions of people in the Philippines endured a second sweltering day without power on July 17, after a ferocious typhoon paralysed the capital and tore down flimsy rural homes, claiming at least 38 lives. AFP PHOTO/TED ALJIBE (Photo credit should read TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images)
A young boy repairs sits near a house damaged by Typhoon Rammasun in Batangas, southwest of Manila on July 17, 2014, a day after the storm barreled over the region . Millions of people in the Philippines endured a second sweltering day without power on July 17, after a ferocious typhoon paralysed the capital and tore down flimsy rural homes, claiming at least 38 lives. AFP PHOTO/TED ALJIBE (Photo credit should read TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images)
People repair a house destroyed by Typhoon Rammasun in Batangas, southwest of Manila on July 17, 2014, a day after the storm barreled over the region . Millions of people in the Philippines endured a second sweltering day without power on July 17, after a ferocious typhoon paralysed the capital and tore down flimsy rural homes, claiming at least 38 lives. AFP PHOTO/TED ALJIBE (Photo credit should read TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images)
A child plays in a pond next to a house destroyed by Typhoon Rammasun in Batangas, southwest of Manila on July 17, 2014, a day after the storm barreled over the region . Millions of people in the Philippines endured a second sweltering day without power on July 17, after a ferocious typhoon paralysed the capital and tore down flimsy rural homes, claiming at least 38 lives. AFP PHOTO/TED ALJIBE (Photo credit should read TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images)
Tourists take pictures in front of the Hong Kong skyline while thunderstorms build up as Typhoon Rammasun edges closer on July 17, 2014. The typhoon killed at least 13 people across the Philippines and cut power for millions. AFP PHOTO / Philippe Lopez (Photo credit should read PHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
A man takes pictures of Hong Kong's skyline while thunderstorms build up as Typhoon Rammasun edges closer on July 17, 2014. The typhoon killed at least 13 people across the Philippines and cut power for millions. AFP PHOTO / Philippe Lopez (Photo credit should read PHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
Government workers install temporary barrier on a bridge destroyed at the height of typhoon Ammasun in, Batangas City, southwest of Manila on July 17, 2014, a day after Typhoon Rammasun barreled the capital Manila and nearby provinces. The death toll from the first typhoon of the Philippines' rainy season climbed to at least 27 on July 17, authorities said, as millions in the capital and elsewhere endured a second day without power. AFP PHOTO/TED ALJIBE (Photo credit should read TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images)
MANILA, PHILIPPINES - 2014/07/16: Motorcycles lie on the road toppled by strong winds as Typhoon Rammasun hit Metro Manila. Typhoon Rammasun (locally known as Glenda) had maximum sustained winds of 150 kph and gustiness of up to 185 kph when it hit Metro Manila. Across the country, about 400,000 people had fled their homes and sheltered in evacuation centers, according to the disaster management council. Rammasun, which is Thai for 'God of Thunder', was forecast to move out into the South China Sea on Wednesday afternoon, then track towards southern China, according to the national weather service. (Photo by Mark Fredesjed R. Cristino/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
MANILA, PHILIPPINES - 2014/07/16: The Typhoon Glenda (Int'l name: Rammasun), the strongest storm to hit the country this year, killed at least 10 people, prompting the evacuation of more than 380,000 people and paralyzing financial markets, offices and schools. (Photo by Sherbien Dacalanio/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
MANILA, PHILIPPINES - 2014/07/16: Due to strong winds brought by Typhoon Glenda, trees and ornamental plants along Quezon Avenue were uprooted. Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) cleared immediately all uprooted trees to prevent traffic and further road accidents. The Typhoon Glenda (Int'l name: Rammasun), the strongest storm to hit the country this year, killed at least 10 people, prompting the evacuation of more than 380,000 people and paralyzing financial markets, offices and schools. (Photo by Sherbien Dacalanio/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
MANILA, PHILIPPINES - 2014/07/16: Due to strong winds brought by Typhoon Glenda, trees and ornamental plants along Quezon Avenue were uprooted. Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) cleared immediately all uprooted trees to prevent traffic and further road accidents. The Typhoon Glenda (Int'l name: Rammasun), the strongest storm to hit the country this year, killed at least 10 people, prompting the evacuation of more than 380,000 people and paralyzing financial markets, offices and schools. (Photo by Sherbien Dacalanio/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
People play near a damaged sea wall as Typhoon Rammasun hit Metro Manila on July 16, 2014. Typhoon Rammasun shut down the Philippine capital on July 16 as authorities said the first major storm of the country's brutal rainy season claimed at least four lives and forced hundreds of thousands to evacuate. AFP PHOTO / Jay DIRECTO (Photo credit should read JAY DIRECTO/AFP/Getty Images)
Workers pile sand bags along the sea wall of Roxas Boulevard as Typhoon Rammasun hit Metro Manila on July 16, 2014. Typhoon Rammasun shut down the Philippine capital on July 16 as authorities said the first major storm of the country's brutal rainy season claimed at least four lives and forced hundreds of thousands to evacuate. AFP PHOTO / Jay DIRECTO (Photo credit should read JAY DIRECTO/AFP/Getty Images)
Workers pile sand bags along the sea wall of Roxas Boulevard as Typhoon Rammasun hit Metro Manila on July 16, 2014. Typhoon Rammasun shut down the Philippine capital on July 16 as authorities said the first major storm of the country's brutal rainy season claimed at least four lives and forced hundreds of thousands to evacuate. AFP PHOTO / Jay DIRECTO (Photo credit should read JAY DIRECTO/AFP/Getty Images)
Evacuees are seen at the basketball court turn into a evacuation center in Manila on July 16, 2014. Typhoon Rammasun shut down the Philippine capital on Wednesday as authorities said the first major storm of the country's brutal rainy season claimed at least four lives and forced hundreds of thousands to evacuate. AFP PHOTO / Jay DIRECTO (Photo credit should read JAY DIRECTO/AFP/Getty Images)
Motorists speed past uprooted trees along a road as Typhoon Rammasun barrels across Manila on July 16, 2014. Typhoon Rammasun shut down the Philippine capital on July 16 as authorities said the first major storm of the country's brutal rainy season claimed at least one life and forced hundreds of thousands to evacuate. AFP PHOTO / TED ALJIBE (Photo credit should read TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images)
Residents cross a flooded street to an evacuation center as Typhoon Rammasun barrels across Manila on July 16, 2014. Typhoon Rammasun shut down the Philippine capital on July 16 as authorities said the first major storm of the country's brutal rainy season claimed at least one life and forced hundreds of thousands to evacuate. AFP PHOTO / TED ALJIBE (Photo credit should read TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images)
Motorists speed past uprooted trees along a highway as Typhoon Rammasun barrels across Manila on July 16, 2014. Typhoon Rammasun shut down the Philippine capital on July 16 as authorities said the first major storm of the country's brutal rainy season claimed at least one life and forced hundreds of thousands to evacuate. AFP PHOTO/TED ALJIBE (Photo credit should read TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images)
A couple with there belongings move to safer ground as Typhoon Rammasun barrels across Manila on July 16, 2014. Typhoon Rammasun shut down the Philippine capital on July 16 as authorities said the first major storm of the country's brutal rainy season claimed at least one life and forced hundreds of thousands to evacuate. AFP PHOTO / Jay DIRECTO (Photo credit should read JAY DIRECTO/AFP/Getty Images)
People gather at a basketball arena used as a shelter after they evacuated their homes in Manila on July 16, 2014. Typhoon Rammasun shut down the Philippine capital on July 16 as authorities said the first major storm of the country's brutal rainy season claimed at least four lives and forced hundreds of thousands to evacuate. AFP PHOTO / Jay DIRECTO (Photo credit should read JAY DIRECTO/AFP/Getty Images)
MANILA, PHILIPPINES - 2014/07/16: The Public Safety Department of MMDA make a clearing operation of a fallen tree along Marcos Highway in Santolan, Pasig City during Typhoon Glenda's (international name: Rammasun) striking on Metro Manila. (Photo by Gregorio B. Dantes Jr./Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
COTABATO, MINDANAO, PHILIPPINES - JULY 15: Stranded commuters wait for the rain to stop during a rain storm on July 15, 2014 in Cotabato, Mindanao, Philippines. Thousands of people have been fleeing coastal areas of Philippines as the first major typhoon of the season is expected to make landfall this evening. Typhoon Rammasun is heading towards eastern Philippines and is likely to pass over the capital city Manila on its way through the country. (Photo by Jeoffrey Maitem/Getty Images)
SULTAN KUDARAT, MINDANAO, PHILIPPINES - JULY 15: Residents cross a flooded road on July 15, 2014 in Sultan Kudarat, Mindanao, Philippines. Thousands of people have been fleeing coastal areas of Philippines as the first major typhoon of the season is expected to make landfall this evening. Typhoon Rammasun is heading towards eastern Philippines and is likely to pass over the capital city Manila on its way through the country. (Photo by Jeoffrey Maitem/Getty Images)
COTABATO, MINDANAO, PHILIPPINES - JULY 15: Motorists pass a highway during a heavy rain store on July 15, 2014 in Cotabato, Mindanao, Philippines. Thousands of people have been fleeing coastal areas of Philippines as the first major typhoon of the season is expected to make landfall this evening. Typhoon Rammasun is heading towards eastern Philippines and is likely to pass over the capital city Manila on its way through the country. (Photo by Jeoffrey Maitem/Getty Images)
COTABATO, MINDANAO, PHILIPPINES - JULY 15: Motorists pass by on a highway during a heavy rain storm on July 15, 2014 in Cotabato, Mindanao, Philippines. Thousands of people have been fleeing coastal areas of Philippines as the first major typhoon of the season is expected to make landfall this evening. Typhoon Rammasun is heading towards eastern Philippines and is likely to pass over the capital city Manila on its way through the country. (Photo by Jeoffrey Maitem/Getty Images)
SULTAN KUDARAT, MINDANAO, PHILIPPINES - JULY 15: Rains brought about by bad weather caused flooding on July 15, 2014 in Sultan Kudarat, Mindanao, Philippines. Thousands of people have been fleeing coastal areas of Philippines as the first major typhoon of the season is expected to make landfall this evening. Typhoon Rammasun is heading towards eastern Philippines and is likely to pass over the capital city Manila on its way through the country. (Photo by Jeoffrey Maitem/Getty Images)
COTABATO, MINDANAO, PHILIPPINES - JULY 15: Mototists cross a flooded road on July 15, 2014 in Cotabato, Mindanao, Philippines. Thousands of people have been fleeing coastal areas of Philippines as the first major typhoon of the season is expected to make landfall this evening. Typhoon Rammasun is heading towards eastern Philippines and is likely to pass over the capital city Manila on its way through the country. (Photo by Jeoffrey Maitem/Getty Images)
HAIKOU, CHINA - JULY 19: (CHINA OUT) A tree is blown down by typhoon Rammasun on July 19, 2014 in Haikou, Hainan Province of China. Typhoon Rammasun made landfall in Hainan Island on on Friday afternoon packing winds of up to 216 km per hour and bringing torrential rain. Rammasun might be the strongest typhoon to hit Hainan in 40 years (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
HAIKOU, CHINA - JULY 19: (CHINA OUT) People walk in a flooded street on July 19, 2014 in Haikou, Hainan Province of China. Typhoon Rammasun made landfall in Hainan Island on on Friday afternoon packing winds of up to 216 km per hour and bringing torrential rain. Rammasun might be the strongest typhoon to hit Hainan in 40 years. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
HAIKOU, CHINA - JULY 19: (CHINA OUT) Citizens catch fish which landed on the street after typhoon Rammasun on July 19, 2014 in Haikou, Hainan Province of China. Typhoon Rammasun made landfall in Hainan Island on on Friday afternoon packing winds of up to 216 km per hour and bringing torrential rain. Rammasun might be the strongest typhoon to hit Hainan in 40 years. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
HAIKOU, CHINA - JULY 19: (CHINA OUT) Cars and people make their way through a flooded street on July 19, 2014 in Haikou, Hainan Province of China. Typhoon Rammasun made landfall in Hainan Island on on Friday afternoon packing winds of up to 216 km per hour and bringing torrential rain. Rammasun might be the strongest typhoon to hit Hainan in 40 years. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
A resident collect bamboo poles washed near a bridge destroyed at the height of typhoon Ammasun in, Batangas City, southwest of Manila on July 17, 2014, a day after Typhoon Rammasun barreled the capital Manila and nearby provinces. The death toll from the first typhoon of the Philippines' rainy season climbed to at least 27 on July 17, authorities said, as millions in the capital and elsewhere endured a second day without power. AFP PHOTO/TED ALJIBE (Photo credit should read TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images)
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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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