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Typhoon Rammasun wreaks havoc in South China

Typhoon Rammasun, with winds of up to 180 kph (112 mph), made landfall at Wenchang city on south China’s island province of Hainan on Friday afternoon, the National Meteorological Center said on its website.

The typhoon, which is shaping up to be the strongest to hit Hainan in more than 40 years, will bring heavy rain throughout the weekend before moving southwest and weakening on Monday

According to the state news agency Xinhua, the typhoon has killed eight people in South China since Friday afternoon.

 A woman rides her electric bicycle against the strong wind and heavy rainfall as Typhoon Rammasun hits Zhanjiang, Guangdong province July 18, 2014.

 A woman rides her electric bicycle against the strong wind and heavy rainfall in Zhanjiang, Guangdong province. PHOTO: Reuters

By mid-evening on Friday, the storm had made landfall in Guangdong province on the mainland.

Rammasun is believed to be the strongest storm to hit south China in 41 years.

A broken billboard is seen after super typhoon Rammasun hit the area in Wenchang, south China's Hainan province on July 18, 2014.

A broken billboard in Wenchang, south China's Hainan province. PHOTO: AFP

It made its third landfall in Guangpo, Fanggengchang City in Guangxi on Saturday morning.

Residents make their way through a flooded street on a motorbike in Beihai, south China's Guangxi province on July 19, 2014.

Residents make their way through a flooded street on a motorbike in Beihai, south China's Guangxi province. PHOTO: AFP

Fishermen are transported to a safer area as typhoon Rammasun hits Zhanjiang, Guangdong province July 18, 2014.

Fishermen are transported to a safer area as typhoon Rammasun hits Zhanjiang, Guangdong province. PHOTO: Reuters

A man looks on as a wave surges under the influence of Typhoon Rammasun at a port in Zhanjiang, Guangdong province July 18, 2014.

A man looks on as a wave surges under the influence of Typhoon Rammasun at a port in Zhanjiang, Guangdong province. PHOTO: Reuters

Sources: AFP, Xinhua

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