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2005-09-11 05:36:19

By Nick Macfie BEIJING (Reuters) - A typhoon made a direct hit on a sprawling city in prosperous eastern China on Sunday after nearly a million villagers and farmers had been evacuated from flimsy coastal and hillside huts to safety. Typhoon Khanun, which spared the island of Taiwan on Saturday after forecasts predicted a near direct hit, made landfall in China's mountainous Zhejiang province, where storms regularly trigger fatal floods and landslides. The new city of Taizhou, with...

2005-09-11 02:56:50

BEIJING (Reuters) - China has evacuated hundreds of thousands of people living in the path of a typhoon which was forecast on Sunday to lash the east coast as it heads toward Shanghai, state media said. Typhoon Khanun, which spared the island of Taiwan on Saturday, would unleash its full force between coastal Cangnan and Dinghai counties in Zhejiang province. The port of Ningbo was directly in its path, according to Tropical Storm Risk Web typhoon tracker. "More than 305,000...

2005-09-11 01:27:53

BEIJING (Reuters) - China has evacuated hundreds of thousands of people living in the path of a typhoon which was forecast to lash the eastern province of Zhejiang later on Sunday, state media said. Typhoon Khanun, which skirted the island of Taiwan on Saturday without causing any casualties or significant damage, would be the 15th this year to hit the mainland, unleashing its full force between coastal Cangnan and Dinghai counties, Xinhua news agency said. "More than 305,000...

2005-09-04 04:57:22

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's eastern province of Zhejiang is bracing for more storms triggered by typhoon Nabi after another tropical storm battered the area and killed at least 56 people, state media said on Sunday. Strong winds and rainstorms, fueled by typhoon Nabi churning toward Japan on Sunday, were expected to ravage coastal areas of northern and central Zhejiang early this week, prompting local authorities to urge efforts to minimize the damage. The impact from Typhoon Nabi...

2005-08-13 04:34:19

BEIJING (Reuters) - A tropical storm swept ashore in southern China on Saturday bringing heavy rain a week after a typhoon tore up the east coast killing three people and causing havoc. Severe tropical storm Sanvu slapped the Chenghai area of the city of Shantou in Guangdong province with powerful gusts, the 10th such storm to hit the country this year. There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage. "The storm will move northwestward at an estimated speed of 20 km (12...

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2005-08-11 12:55:32

ESA -- Heavy rainfall and flooding from Typhoon Matsa killed at least 12 people and caused millions of euros worth of damage in China. In Matsa's aftermath, unique data from ESA's ERS-2 spacecraft reveal the interior wind fields powering it at its height. China's ninth typhoon this year, Matsa first came ashore at Yuhan County in Zhejiang Province on 6 August, with reported winds up to 250 kilometres per hour. Matsa brought heavy rains and serious damage to several coastal provinces and...

2005-08-07 03:49:10

BEIJING (Reuters) - Typhoon Matsa has weakened to a tropical storm as it has plowed north up China's coast, but eastern provinces are still bracing for torrential rains and possible floods, domestic media said on Sunday. On Saturday, two people were killed and two were missing in Zhejiang province when mudslides slammed into their mountainside homes, the semi-official China News Service said. More than one million people had to flee their homes in Zhejiang after the typhoon made landfall...

2005-08-06 04:05:14

BEIJING (Reuters) - Typhoon Matsa battered China's eastern coast with strong winds and heavy rain on Saturday morning, killing one and forcing more than a million people from their homes, state media reported. The domestic airport in the country's financial hub, Shanghai, was shut and most international departures were canceled. Debris and small floods clogged streets after downpours in the night. A shed on one of the city's many construction sites collapsed in the rain, killing one person...

2005-08-05 23:29:32

BEIJING (Reuters) - Officials evacuated over 1.24 million people from the country's eastern coast after Typhoon Matsa began lashing the mainland with strong winds and heavy rain early on Saturday morning, state media reported. The domestic airport in the country's financial hub, Shanghai, was shut and most international departures were canceled. Debris and small floods clogged streets after downpours in the night. Matsa made landfall in coastal Zhejiang province before dawn, the official...

2005-08-04 19:54:00

TAIPEI (Reuters) - Typhoon Matsa lashed northern Taiwan on Friday with torrential rain and strong winds, forcing schools, government offices and financial markets in capital Taipei to shut. Packing maximum sustained winds of 144 km (89 miles) per hour and gusts up to 180 (112 miles) km per hour, Matsa's center was 180 km (112 miles) east-northeast of Taipei at 8 a.m. (0000 GMT), the Central Weather Bureau said. The medium-strength typhoon was heading north-northwest toward China at 14 km...


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  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
This word is Italian in origin, coming from the feminine past participle of 'toccare,' to touch.
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