Super typhoon Rammasun, one of the strongest storms ever to hit China's coast, roared into southern China Friday afternoon, killing at least one person and packing winds of up to 134 miles per hour.
After causing havoc, widespread damage and at least 38 deaths in the Philippines earlier this week, Rammasun gathered strength as it crossed the South China Sea. It was upgraded early Friday from typhoon to super typhoon status.
Named after the Thai word for "thunder god," Rammasun made landfall local time in Wenchang City on the northeastern coast of Hainan — south China's tropical island province.
The mayor of Wenchang, Liu Chunmei, told the state news agency Xinhua that many houses have been damaged. He said a local man died after being hit by falling debris as his house collapsed. Over 70,000 residents near the landfall region were evacuated.
The man who died had returned home after the emergency evacuation order, said Liu. The Hainan Daily newspaper said he was 60 years old, and surnamed Gao.