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Typhoon hits China's southernmost island, heads to Vietnam; thousands evacuated

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BEIJING — A typhoon struck China's southernmost island of Hainan on Tuesday, forcing the cancellation of dozens of flights as it headed northwest toward Vietnam.

About 90,000 people in southern China were evacuated from high-risk areas ahead of Typhoon Kalmaegi, China's official Xinhua News Agency said. But the typhoon's course was giving only a glancing blow to southern China as the storm headed toward northern Vietnam, where it was expected to make landfall Tuesday night.

PHOTO: A Filipino reacts as he is hit by waves along a promenade in Manila, Philippines on Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014. The Philippine weather bureau says Typhoon Kalmaegi, locally called Luis, was located based on all available data at 266 km North Northeast of Virac, Catanduanes or at 347 km East Southeast of Casiguran, Aurora with maximum winds of 120 kph and gustiness of up to 150 kph. It is forecast to move West Northwest at 20 kph. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
A Filipino reacts as he is hit by waves along a promenade in Manila, Philippines on Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014. The Philippine weather bureau says Typhoon Kalmaegi, locally called Luis, was located based on all available data at 266 km North Northeast of Virac, Catanduanes or at 347 km East Southeast of Casiguran, Aurora with maximum winds of 120 kph and gustiness of up to 150 kph. It is forecast to move West Northwest at 20 kph. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

The storm was sending winds of 137 to 144 kilometers per hour (85 to 90 mph) over southern mainland China, according to the country's National Meteorological Center. Hainan's international airport canceled 69 flights, Xinhua said.

Vietnam ordered residents in high-risk areas to evacuate and fishing boats to take shelter.

Typhoon Kalmaegi slammed into the northern Philippines on Monday, unleashing flooding and killing at least two people.

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PHOTO: A Filipino wades through floodwaters as residents who earlier evacuated due to a swollen river return to their homes in suburban Quezon city, Philippines Monday, Sept. 15, 2014. Fast-moving typhoon Kalmaegi blew out of the northern Philippines Monday after causing flash floods and landslides. Three people died when big waves and strong winds sank a stalled ferry over the weekend. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
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