Source Pravda.Ru

Heavy winds and rains in southeast China - more than 376,000 people evacuated

Typhoon Longwang pounded southeast China with heavy winds and rains but appeared to be weakening as it moved inland, weather officials said Monday. There were no immediate reports of injuries. Some 376,000 people in Typhoon Longwang pounded southeast China with heavy winds and rains province were evacuated to safety Sunday before Longwang struck the eastern coast at 9:35 p.m. (1335 GMT), the official Xinhua News Agency said. More than 38,000 boats were brought back to harbor, Xinhua said. The storm, which packed high winds and torrential rains, was moving inland toward the city of Longyan on Monday, said an official from the Fujian Meteorological Bureau.

"But it appears to be abating and may be downgraded to a tropical storm later in the day," said the official, who would give only her surname, Wang. She said she was "unclear" if anyone had been injured, reports the AP. I.L.