Chinese meteorological officials issued severe weather warnings for parts of Hainan and Guangdong provinces as Typhoon Wipha made landfall near Wenchang City at approximately 01:50 (local time) on Thursday, August 1. Heavy rain is forecast to hit Lingao, Chengmai, Zhangzhou, Suichang, Baisha, and Changjiang throughout August 1 and into the night, with some areas receiving up to 10 cm (4 in) of rainfall. Parts of Guangdong, Guangxi, Fujian, and Hainan Island are also expected to experience significant rainfall of between 10-20 cm (4-8 in) in some areas through Friday, August 2, as Wipha moves through the area.
The storm is expected to move northwest at 10 kph (6 mph) before making landfall again in the Leizhou Peninsula (Guangdong province) around 12:00 on Thursday. Blue typhoon warnings remain in effect as of 06:00 on Thursday for southwestern coastal areas. Strong winds are forecast around the storm, particularly in the South China Sea, Qiongzhou Strait, Beibu Gulf, and the coasts of Guangdong, Hainan Island, and Guangxi. Ferry services from the Qiongzhou Strait were suspended on Wednesday, July 31, as a precaution and similar disruptions are likely through Thursday.
Heavy rainfall, flooding, and consequent transportation and business disruptions are possible in the abovementioned areas over the coming hours and days. Regional rail service was disrupted on July 31 and similar schedule adjustments are possible through August 2.
Individuals in areas forecast to be affected by the storm are advised to monitor local weather reports, adhere to instructions issued by local authorities, anticipate adverse weather and power and transportation disruptions, and remember that running water can be dangerous - 15 cm (6 in) is enough to knock over an adult - and never drive through flooded streets; floodwater may also contain wastewater and chemical products.
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