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Typhoon Matmo hits Taiwan with strong winds, heavy rain

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Andrea Bagley
Digital Reporter

Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 12:48 PM - Typhoon Matmo churned ashore in southeastern China Wednesday and was downgraded to a tropical storm after striking Taiwan overnight.

The storm made landfall in Taiwan on Tuesday, prompting thousands of evacuations from outlying islands.

After passing Taiwan, Matmo made landfall in China's heavily populated province of Fujian.

Wind gusts over 100 km/h were recorded and heavy rain is fueling fears of landslides.

Up to 300 mm were forecast in Shanghai and areas as far north as Jiangsu province, officials said.

Farther south on the mainland, communities in Guangdong province and on Hainan Island were clearing away debris left by Rammasun, which hit China on Friday, The Associated Press says.

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