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Typhoon Megi weakens on way to southern China

world Updated: Oct 23, 2010 10:37 IST

A typhoon initially feared to be among the worst in 50 years has weakened and is expected to hit southern China's Fujian province as a tropical storm on Saturday, after causing massive landslides and killing 11 people in Taiwan.

Typhoon Megi was set to hit China down from a 3 on a 1-5 severity scale on Friday, according to Forecasting service Tropical Storm Risk (www.tropicalstormrisk.com).

A mudslide in eastern Taiwan killed nine people and about 26 people, including Chinese tourists, were still missing, island disaster officials said.

Typhoon-whipped high waves shut Taiwan's biggest seaport, in Kaohsiung, on Friday after a string of ports and oil terminals in southern China had closed operations.

Typhoons regularly hit China, Taiwan, the Philippines and Japan in the second half of the year, gathering strength from the warm waters of the Pacific Ocean or South China Sea before weakening over land.