HONG KONG (AP) — A powerful typhoon is hitting Southern China with winds reaching 94 miles an hour.
The official Xinhua News Agency says some 58,000 people have been evacuated from low-lying areas, as the storm blew down trees and flooded streets. Schools were closed, ferry service suspended and fishing boats recalled as the storm crossed the South China Sea from the Philippines.
Typhoon Nesat is blamed for the deaths of nearly three dozen people in the Philippines, where another 45 people remain missing. Manila saw some of its worst flooding in decades.
The storm then swept past Hong Kong, where the stock market suspended trading and most businesses closed for the day. However, the city escaped major damage.
Meanwhile, a new tropical storm is brewing in the Pacific. A Philippine government forecaster says it's expected to strengthen significantly before hitting major parts of the country in the next few days.
(Copyright 2011, The Associated Press)