Typhoon veers from Hong Kong, hits southern China

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Associated Press

Posted on September 22, 2013 at 8:33 AM

Updated Sunday, Sep 22 at 9:03 AM

HONG KONG (AP) — The year's most powerful typhoon has slammed into southern China after veering away from Hong Kong at the last minute.

The storm made landfall northeast of the former British colony with sustained winds of 109 mph and gusts up to 132 mph.

It's wreaking havoc on shipping in the region and on airport schedules in Hong Kong, nearby Macau and mainland China.

The storm previously pummeled parts of the Philippines and Taiwan with heavy rains and fierce winds. At least two people were killed in the Philippines, where the storm set off landslides and flooded parts of six provinces.

It was downgraded from a super typhoon on Saturday after sustained winds fell below 150 miles per hour but is still considered a severe typhoon.

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