1 million people evacuated as deadly Typhoon Lekima makes landfall
Thirteen people were killed and 16 remain missing after Typhoon Lekima made landfall in the eastern Chinese province of Zhejiang today , resulting in the shutdown of hundreds of ferries, flights and train services.
More than 1 million people were evacuated before the typhoon made landfall at about 1 a.m. local time (1 p.m. Friday ET), with the government opening 122,000 disaster avoidance and resettlement sites, according to a report from Chinese state-run press agency Xinhua.
"With a maximum wind force of 187 kph (116 mph), the super typhoon -- the ninth typhoon this year -- is expected to bring heavy rain to the provinces of Anhui, Fujian, Jiangsu, and Zhejiang, and the municipality of Shanghai,"
On Friday, local authorities in Taiwan's capital Taipei announced that businesses and schools would be suspended due to the typhoon. Although the island will be spared from the worst of the typhoon, it will still see some rain.
On Thursday, Taiwan's Central Weather Bureau issued sea and land warnings, asking residents to be prepared for strong winds and rain in five vulnerable areas -- Keelung City, Yilan County, New Taipei City, Taipei City, and Hualien County. The Bureau also warned ships to Taiwan's north and along the east coast to be "alert" to extreme weather.
The Taiwan Central Emergency Operation Center also warned residents to take preventative measures such as bringing outside objects inside, and avoiding the beach. Meanwhile, government authorities and agencies including the National Fire Agency have convened to discuss disaster response.