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Typhoon-like winds hit South China during major storm leaving 7 dead

A rare storm with typhoon-like winds has killed at least seven people in southern China’s Jiangxi province since the weekend, including three who were blown from high-rise apartments while sleeping.

of Abnormal weatherThe floods, which began on March 31, engulfed nine cities, including Nanchang and Jiujiang, and affected 93,000 people in 54 counties, Jiangxi Provincial Emergency Flood Control Headquarters announced.

On Sunday, an unusual rainstorm unleashed gusts of wind that ripped door-sized windows from their frames in two apartment buildings in a high-rise building in the provincial capital, Nanchang. According to local media reports, three people were pulled from their beds through the hole and jumped to their deaths.

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Officials announced Wednesday that seven people have died in the state and 552 people need emergency evacuation. It also announced that 2,751 homes were damaged.

The unusual storm began on March 31, bringing heavy rain, golf ball-sized hail and typhoon-like winds to southern China’s Jiangxi province. (via cnsphoto, Reuters)

The powerful storm, the most severe in more than a decade, with dramatic lightning, heavy rain and hail the size of golf balls, caused an estimated 150 million yuan ($21 million) in damages, local officials said. It also caused economic losses.

The China Meteorological Administration had warned that the storm was equivalent to a Category 1 hurricane, with local anemometers showing strong winds of up to level 12.

Winds of this strength are often seen in China and other parts of East Asia when typhoons called hurricanes make landfall, but they are rarely seen in inland areas such as the landlocked Jiangxi province.

China’s national weather forecaster maintained the highest level of severe convective weather warning (orange) for several areas in southeastern China as strong winds, hail and thunderstorms continued until Wednesday.

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The forecaster on Tuesday issued the first orange warning since 2013 for severe convective weather, state media said.

China has a three-tier color-coded weather warning system for severe convective weather, with orange representing the most severe warning, followed by yellow and blue.

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