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10 Aug 2019 | 06:08 AM UTC

China: Typhoon Lekima makes landfall in Zhejiang August 10 /update 2

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Chinese officials lower weather warnings after Typhoon Lekima makes landfall in Zhejiang province on August 10; significant flight and rail disruptions reported

TIMEFRAME expected from 8/10/2019, 12:00 AM until 8/12/2019, 11:59 PM (Asia/Shanghai). COUNTRY/REGION China

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Typhoon Lekima made landfall near the city of Taizhou (Zhejiang province) around 01:45 (local time) on Saturday, August 10. The China Meteorological Administration (CMA) reduced typhoon warnings from red (the highest weather-related alert) to yellow for Fujian, Zhejiang, Shanghai, Jiangsu, and southern Shandong Peninsula at 10:00 as the storm weakened. Heavy rain warnings remain in effect for Zhejiang, Shanghai, central-eastern Anhui, Shandong, eastern Hebei, Tianjin, eastern Beijing, and southwestern Liaoning. Between 10-18 cm (4-7 in) of rain is forecast along the east coast through Saturday. 

Over 300 flights and 1200 trains have been canceled in Shanghai and Hangzhou as a precaution as of Friday, August 9. Ferry service in Hangzhou has also been suspended in preparation for the arrival of Lekima. Further transportation disruptions, including flight delays and cancelations, are possible through Sunday, August 11.

As of Saturday morning, Lekima is located at approximately 29.0°N 121°E (map here) and is expected to weaken as it continues moving north. The storm is forecast to reach Shanghai on Sunday, bringing heavy rain and strong winds. Flooding, landslides, power outages, and transportation disruptions, including flight delays at several airports and road closures, are possible across eastern China over the coming days.


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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