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A tornado killed 78 and injured 500 in China

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The eastern Chinese city of Yancheng was devastated by a tornado that flattened homes and killed dozens of people Thursday afternoon.

The New York Times reports winds exceeded 80 miles an hour.

The Associated Press and local TV stations captured scenes of the devastation.

The tornado started at about 2:30 p.m. local time and destroyed thousands of homes and businesses. The Jiangsu province, where Yancheng is found, has seen more than 1,000 tornadoes in the past six decades. Officials said this tornado was particularly violent.

One man told China News Service he saw the trees falling in a "strange way" and got out of his car. Then the winds threw his car into a river.

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