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Typhoon Hagupit hit southern China after battering Hong Kong

"Once in a Century" Storm Tide hits Coastal Cities

A POWERFUL typhoon has ploughed into a densely populated area of south China, killing three people and triggering a "once-in-a-century storm tide" in several cities, state media said.

Authorities evacuated more than 100,000 people before typhoon Hagupit made landfall in far south China around dawn.

Chinese authorities also helped 225 fishermen back into shore, it said.

The storm killed at least eight people in the Philippines earlier in the week.

Streets were deserted and shops and businesses shuttered as the storm uprooted trees and brought down billboards in cities across Guangdong, including Maoming where the centre of the storm made landfall.

The state news agency Xinhua described typhoon Hagupit as "the worst to hit Guangdong in more than a decade".
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