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2006-08-10 05:50:00

By Nir Elias LUOYUAN, China -- Super Typhoon Saomai, the strongest to threaten China in 50 years, slammed into the southeast coast on Thursday after forcing more than 1.5 million people from their homes. Saomai, one of three storms to hit East Asia in the past few days, made landfall in Zhejiang province at 0925 GMT, hitting Cangnan county just after officials there declared a state of emergency, Xinhua news agency said. In one town, Longgang, nearly empty streets were awash with water, all...

2006-08-10 03:40:00

By Nick Macfie and Guo Shipeng BEIJING (Reuters) - More than 1.3 million Chinese have fled their homes in the path of a super typhoon, the strongest to threaten the country in 50 years, as it churned relentlessly toward the southeast coast on Thursday. Saomai, one of three storms to have hit East Asia in the past few days, has already dumped heavy rain on Taiwan and was just hours from an expected landfall between Hong Kong and Shanghai, just south of the booming city of Wenzhou in Zhejiang...

2006-08-10 01:30:00

By Nick Macfie and Guo Shipeng BEIJING -- More than half a million Chinese have fled their homes in the path of a super typhoon, the strongest to threaten the country in 50 years, as it churned relentlessly toward the southeast coast on Thursday. Saomai, one of three storms to have hit East Asia in the past few days, has already dumped heavy rain on Taiwan and was just hours from an expected landfall between Hong Kong and Shanghai, just south of the booming city of Wenzhou. Storm tracker...

2006-08-09 21:51:08

BEIJING (Reuters) - A super typhoon, gathering strength all the time, was heading directly for east China on Thursday and was expected to hit within hours after forcing the evacuation of nearly half a million people. Typhoon Saomai, one of three storms to have threatened East Asia in the past few days, has already dumped heavy rain on Taiwan and was expected to make landfall about midway between Hong Kong and Shanghai, just south of the booming city of Wenzhou. Storm tracker...

2006-08-09 20:47:37

BEIJING (Reuters) - A powerful typhoon, gathering strength all the time, was heading directly for east China on Thursday and was expected to hit within hours, forcing the evacuation of nearly half a million people. Typhoon Saomai, one of thee storms to have threatened in the last few days and which has already dumped heavy rain on Taiwan, was expected to make landfall about midway between Hong Kong and Shanghai, just south of the booming city of Wenzhou. The province of Zhejiang had...

2006-08-09 07:11:14

BEIJING/TAIPEI (Reuters) - Typhoon Saomai gathered strength as it swirled toward China, with landfall expected on Thursday, while a tropical storm fizzled to the south of Taiwan and another veered toward the east of Japan. At 0900 GMT, Saomai was 630 km (390 miles) southeast of the Chinese coastal city of Wenzhou in Zhejiang province and moving northwest at 25 kph, meaning Taiwan was likely to escape the brunt of the storm, China's Central Meteorological Office said. Heavy rains will...

2006-08-09 01:59:13

By Ralph Jennings TAIPEI (Reuters) - Typhoon Saomai moved closer to Taiwan's capital, with landfall expected on Thursday morning, as a tropical storm fizzled at the south end of the island and another changed its course, veering toward the east of Japan. Saomai, approaching from the east with sustained winds of 155 kph (96 mph) and gusts up to 191 kph, is expected to lash Taipei by 8 a.m. Thursday before moving on to Fujian province in eastern China, according to Taiwan's Central...

2006-08-06 05:32:04

BEIJING (Reuters) - Tropical Storm Prapiroon has killed 57 in south China as of Sunday with 16 people still missing, the official Xinhua news agency said, as the storm forced the relocation of more than 660,000 people. Over 5 million people were hit by torrential rains after the storm made landfall in the southern province of Guangdong on Thursday evening, triggering landslides, destroying crops and damaging thousands of homes, local officials have said. Direct economic losses were...

2006-08-05 05:11:39

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - The deaths caused by Tropical Storm Prapiroon in south China rose to 48 on Saturday and 15 people remain missing, the official Xinhua news agency said, but the storm was weakening as it moved inland. Over 5 million people were hit by torrential rains after the storm made landfall in the southern province of Guangdong on Thursday evening, Xinhua reported. Direct economic losses were estimated at 2.4 billion yuan ($300 million) as Prapiroon triggered landslides,...

2006-08-03 11:30:00

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Typhoon Prapiroon drove ashore on Thursday in southern China, where tens of thousands of people had been evacuated, after killing six people and forcing thousands to flee their homes in the northern Philippines. Prapiroon reached the coast near Yangjiang in western Guangdong province at 1120 GMT and is moving inland at 15 to 20 km an hour, Xinhua news agency said, citing the Guangdong Provincial Meteorological Station. Prapiroon, "God of rain" in Thai, is bringing heavy...


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barghest
  • A goblin in English folklore, often appearing in the shape of a large dog and believed to portend imminent death or misfortune.
  • A ghost, wraith, hobgoblin, elf, or spirit.
The origin of 'barghest' is not known, but it may be from perhaps burh-ghest, town-ghost, or German Berg-geist (mountain spirit) or Bär-geist (bear-spirit).
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