Severe Tropical Storm Bailu made landfall in Fujian province’s Dongshan county at approximately 07:35 (local time) on Sunday, August 25. The storm has brought heavy rain and strong wind gusts into parts of Fujian, Fuzhou, Zhejiang, and Ningde. Some parts of Fujian have experience rainfall totals of 10-12 cm (4 in) and Bailu made landfall with maximum sustained winds of 90 kph (56 mph). Heavy rains were also reported in the provinces of Guangdong, Guangxi, and Jiangxi. On Saturday, August 24, officials evacuated almost 50,000 people from the affected region as a precaution. Over 100 flights were also canceled on Saturday, and rail service was temporarily adjusted. Similar transportation disruptions are possible in the coming hours and days as Bailu moves further inland. Officials have increased the emergency response level in the affected provinces and are deploying personnel to assist in recovery efforts.
As of 10:00 on Sunday, Bailu has weakened to a tropical storm and the center is located in Raoping county, Guangdong province. The storm is forecast to continue moving north will gradually weakening. Parts of Fujian, Guangdong, Guangxi, Jiangxi, and Hunan are expected to continue to experience heavy rain through Monday, August 26. Flooding, landslides, power outages, and transportation disruptions, including flight delays and road closures, are possible across the abovementioned provinces, particularly Fujian and Guangdong, in 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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