Tropical storm lashes China as it moves northward

By the Associated Press | August 8, 2011 | 10:00 PM EDT

In this photo provided by China's Xinhua News Agency, people walk against wind as a fierce storm brought by Typhoon Muifa hits Yantai, a coastal city in east China's Shandong Province, Monday, Aug. 8, 2011. The tropical storm was lashing northeast China and North Korea as it approached land Monday, but fears of a toxic chemical spill appeared to have eased after a breached dike guarding a chemical plant was reinforced. (AP Photo/Xinhua, Shen Jizhong) NO SALES

BEIJING (AP) — China's weather agency says the storm Muifa is lashing northeastern China with torrential rains and winds despite having weakened to a tropical depression after making landfall in North Korea.

Tropical Storm Muifa hit the North Korean coast overnight with winds gusting up to 52 miles per hour (83 kilometers per hour).

China's National Meteorological Center says the storm then moved northwest across China's neighboring Liaoning province and dropped up to 5 inches (135 mm) of rain.

Early Tuesday the storm was further north in Jilin province and moving northeastward with winds of 29 mph (47 kph). It says Muifa should continue to weaken though winds could gust up to 39 mph (62 kph) along the coast.