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    4 dead, more than 20 missing in eastern China after Megi triggers landslide

    By By Kristina Pydynowski, senior meteorologist
    October 03, 2016, 3:46:00 AM EDT

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    Four people are dead and more than 20 people are still missing after heavy rain from once-Typhoon Megi triggered landslides in eastern China, according to local reports.

    Two devastating landslides occurred late on Wednesday, according to Xinhua.

    One destroyed and swept away homes in Sucun Village in Suichang County on early Wednesday evening. A total of 15 people have been rescued, but more than 20 remain missing and one body was found.

    A second landslide in the Baofeng Village in Wencheng County followed on Wednesday night, resulting in six people missing.

    Both counties are located in Zhejiang Province in eastern China. The city of Lishui lies between these two counties and recorded 170 mm (6.69 inches) of rain since Tuesday. Of that rain, 114 mm (4.47 inches) fell in 24 hours.

    Megi, now a tropical rainstorm, will continue to unleash downpours capable of causing flooding and mudslides from eastern Hubei to central Jiangsu into early Friday morning.

    While the heaviest rain of Megi will remain north of the devastating landslides, locally drenching showers and thunderstorms threaten to interfere with and create new hazards for rescue crews.

    Megi killed one other person in eastern China after killing at least four people and injuring 625 people in Taiwan, the Associated Press reported.

    Megi made landfall in central Fujian, near the city of Putian, early Wednesday morning local time.

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    Several structures collapsed in Quanzhou.

    To the north in Fuzhou, winds gusted to 111 km/h (69 mph) during the height of the typhoon. Rainfall had topped 200 mm (8 inches) by midday on Wednesday.

    A large number of injuries in Taiwan resulted from people falling and being hit by wind-blown objects, according to the AP. Several people were hurt after a tour bus overturned.

    Approximately 8,000 people were evacuated ahead of the typhoon that cut power to nearly 4 million homes. Ten provincial highways remained closed on Wednesday.

    Damage from Megi in Taiwan is estimated at more than $10 million.

    A peak wind gust of 106 mph (170 km/h) was reported in Taichung City, while Taipei reported a peak wind of 83 mph (134 km/h).


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    Travel was halted at two major airports in the northern part of the country as Megi roared over the region. In Taipei, bus service was suspended on Tuesday afternoon.

    A total of 224 flights were canceled at Taiwan's Taoyuan International Airport, according to the AP.

    Rainfall from Megi has totaled more than 1,000 mm (40 inches) on Taiping Mountain in eastern Taiwan.

    The large size of Megi resulted in powerful winds and rain lashing Japan's southern Ryukyu Islands on Monday night and Tuesday, even though the storm passed well to the south.

    Wind gusts peaked at 137 km/h (85 mph) in Ishigakijima, Japan, and 109 km/h (68 mph) on Irabu Island.

    Content contributed by AccuWeather Meteorologist Eric Leister.

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