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Super typhoon blows away 'moon' in southern China

AFPAFP 15/09/2016

Super Typhoon Meranti sent a massive inflatable moon bobbing through the streets of southern China's Fuzhou, smothering cars and sending at least one motorcyclist fleeing for cover, as the powerful storm lashed the mainland.

Footage broadcast by state television showed the inflatable moon bowling over traffic in the city with the typhoon packing winds of 170 kilometres per hour (105 miles per hour), according to state media.

AFP was unable to confirm where the moon originated from and what fate the inflatable object eventually met.

Clouds hover above the city as Typhoon Meranti approaches southeastern China, in Xiamen, Fujian province, China, September 14, 2016. © Reuters Clouds hover above the city as Typhoon Meranti approaches southeastern China, in Xiamen, Fujian province, China, September 14, 2016.

The Xinhua news agency described the storm as the most powerful to hit Fujian province in at least 67 years, with meteorological records only going back to the founding of modern China in 1949.

Local media described windows broken by flying roof tiles with fragments littering pavements and water supplies cut.

Officials had earlier urged people to stay at home and ordered ships to return to port as Meranti bore down on the mainland, having lashed Taiwan on Wednesday.

The storm left one person dead and 38 injured after skirting past the island's southern tip with the strongest winds recorded there in 21 years.

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