Super Typhoon Rammasun Hits Southern China

A powerful storm that killed dozens in the Philippines strengthened into a super typhoon before hitting southern China Friday afternoon.

Chinese meteorological officials say Typhoon Rammasun has hit the southern Chinese island of Hainan on its way to the province of Guangdong.

With winds of more than 200 kilometers per hour, Chinese officials say the storm is the strongest to hit Hainan in 40 years.

The official Xinhua news agency says more than 26,000 people have been evacuated on Hainan ahead of the storm. China's National Meteorological Center has issued its highest "red alert."

A woman walks on a street in heavy rain and strong wind in Haikou, south Chinas Hainan province on July 18, 2014. /AFP A woman walks on a street in heavy rain and strong wind in Haikou, south China's Hainan province on July 18, 2014. /AFP

The storm carries violent winds, high waves and torrential rain to southern China, where dozens already have been killed by floods in recent days.

Rammasun, which means "God of Thunder" in Thai, killed at least 40 people as it cut a path through the northern Philippines this week.

Millions in the capital, Manila, and surrounding areas remain without power, as downed power lines and trees continue blocking roadways in many areas.

VOA News / Jul. 19, 2014 09:00 KST