Matmo brings stormy weather to eastern China

Associated Press

BEIJING (AP) — Typhoon Matmo brought stormy weather to parts of eastern China on Thursday following another typhoon that killed at least 56 people in the country's south.

Matmo was traveling north through the mountainous eastern province of Fujian after making landfall on Wednesday, packing winds of up to 85 miles (137 kilometers) per hour. It was forecast to bring thunderstorms to Shanghai and surrounding areas later Thursday.

The system weakened to a tropical storm upon arriving in southeastern China after earlier dumping heavy rain on Taiwan, where it knocked out power to more than 30,000 homes and is considered a likely factor in the crash of a plane on the island of Penghu that killed 58 passengers and crew.

Residents of southern China are still recovering from last week's Typhoon Rammasun that killed at least 56 people. That storm was the strongest to hit China in four decades, but early forecasting and emergency preparations helped minimize the damage.

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