A powerful typhoon has surged into southeast China, forcing the evacuation of hundreds of thousands of people from a coastal province after passing across northern Taiwan, killing at least two people.
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A powerful storm lashing the country is expected to bring snow to low levels and gale force winds to many areas today.
With the school holidays underway, the wintry blast has already put paid to many travel plans, with roads closed, ferries cancelled and thousands of homes without power.
Strong wind and rain has left about 1800 homes without power in Auckland this morning, while flooding is causing difficulties for drivers on State Highway One at the top of the South Island.
Cyclone Rusty is battering the mining communities of north-western West Australia, floodwaters are peaking again in Queensland, and wet weather is threatening to return to Sydney.
Thousands of Fijians and up to 400 Kiwis are hunkering down in evacuation centres as Tropical Cyclone Evan sweeps near the Pacific Island nation.
Cyclone Evan is set to hit Apia again this morning with greater force, after reportedly killing three people – including two children – yesterday.
A tropical cyclone is expected to hit Samoa today with wind speeds over 80km/h.
Cyclone Evan emerged yesterday when a tropical depression deepened 300km southwest of Apia and moved eastward toward the city.
The Fiji Meteorological Service said the tropical cyclone would be sitting right over Samoa about midday.
Philippine authorities warned the public Sunday to take precautions for what could be the most powerful storm to hit the country this year.
Packing gusts of up to 220 kilometres (136 miles) per hour, Typhoon Bopha was 1,000 kilometres southeast of the Philippines as of Sunday morning and forecast to make landfall between Tuesday and Wednesday, the state weather bureau said.
Two-thirds of Queensland, Australia is expected to be on bushfire watch as temperatures in parts of the state soar above 40C for the fourth day.
Beijing has issued its second-highest blizzard alert, after the Chinese capital was hit by an unusually early snowstorm.
China’s National Meteorological Center issued an orange alert Sunday, predicting that heavy snow will also hit central and eastern parts of Inner Mongolia and in the northern provinces surrounding Beijing through Tuesday.