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China issues highest alert for Typhoon Fitow

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Posted October 7, 2013
China was on its highest alert for Typhoon Fitow Sunday, with tens of thousands evacuated as the storm was set to slam into the east coast as early as Sunday night.

 
Pedestrians walk through strong winds and rain caused by Typhoon Fitow in Taipei on October 6, 2013
Pedestrians walk through strong winds and rain caused by Typhoon Fitow in Taipei on October 6, 2013
 

The National Meteorological Centre issued a red alert for the storm, saying it was expected to make landfall in China late Sunday or early Monday somewhere between the south of Zhejiang province and the north of Fujian province.

The storm, which the centre classified as “strong” with winds up to 151 kilometres (94 miles) an hour, was located Sunday afternoon about 280 kilometres southeast of the city of Wenzhou in Zhejiang and moving at a speed of 18 kilometres an hour.

Zhejiang has so far evacuated more than 130,000 people ahead of the expected landfall, state news agency Xinhua said.

“We must not leave anybody in danger,” said Li Qiang, the provincial governor.

He urged local authorities to increase inspections of dams and reservoirs as well as safety checks of chemical plants and other important facilities, Xinhua reported.

Fitow was expected to bring heavy rain and strong winds, Xinhua added, quoting the weather centre as saying it was unusual for a typhoon to come ashore in China’s southeast during October. It urged authorities and residents to be especially alert.

Chinese maritime authorities also issued red alerts, warning of storm tides and waves kicked up by Fitow.

Read more at: Phys.org

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