Typhoon CHAN-HOM Approaching E China Coast
Posted by feww on July 11, 2015
Powerful typhoon forces 900,000 evacuations in East China
CHAN-HOM is forecast to land between Sanmen and Zhoushan in east China’s Zhejiang Province Saturday afternoon, said the National Meteorological Center (NMC).
At 5.00 am local time on Saturday, the typhoon was located about 185 kilometers from Xiangshan County in Ningbo, with sustained winds of 187 km/hr [gusting to a maximum of 225 km/hr,] and was moving northwestward at 20 km/hr.
The typhoon is expected to bring heavy rains to Zhejiang, Shanghai, Jiangsu, Anhui, Fujian, and Taiwan, said NMC.
[CHAN-HOM could trigger widespread, potentially deadly flooding and devastating landslides. FEWW]
Authorities in China have evacuated about 900,000 people in the eastern Chinese province of Zhejiang ahead of Typhoon CHAN-HOM, the second typhoon to hit China in two days, official Xinhua reported.
The evacuations began after NMC issued a red alert, their highest level, on Friday morning.
About29,000 ships and fishing boats were recalled to port Friday, and hundreds of flights into and out of the region were cancelled, said the report.
Several coastal cities were already reporting heavy rains and strong gales on Friday, officials said.
CHAN-HOM could be the strongest typhoon in 66 years to land in Zhejiang, said the NMC.
Typhoon LINFA, the first of three typhoons headed for eastern China, made landfall on Thursday in the southern province of Guangdong, bringing torrential rain and flash flooding to the area.