On Monday, August 3, authorities in the southeastern provinces of Zhejiang and Fujian reportedly evacuated vulnerable coastal areas in preparation for Typhoon Hagupit making landfall. Ferries in the coastal cities of Wenzhou and Taizhou (Zhejiang province) have been halted and trains are running a reduced service. Fishing boats in both provinces have also been ordered back to port.
China's National Meteorological Center (NMC) has renewed a yellow alert (the second tier of a four-tier scale) for parts of southeastern China as Typhoon Hagupit reaches typhoon-strength winds. The typhoon is expected to make landfall south of Shanghai, between Zhejiang and Fujian provinces, late on Monday evening or early in the morning of Tuesday, August 4. Areas of these provinces are expected to receive up to 200mm (8 in) of rainfall, with the NMC warning of the potential for flooding and rough seas. Winds of up to 130 kph (80 mph) have been reported, making the typhoon the equivalent to a Category 1 hurricane. The storm is expected to travel northwards, west of Shanghai, before curving in a northeasterly direction and re-emerging into the East China Sea. The typhoon comes following a period of particularly heavy rainfall in southeastern China, which has caused extensive flooding and the evacuation of approximately two million people in recent months.
Continued rainfall, strong winds, and rough seas are to be expected in southeastern China in the near term. An associated disruption to business, utilities, and transportation is likely.
China's southern and eastern coastlines are highly vulnerable to storm systems during the rainy season from May to September. These storm systems have the potential to cause human casualties and mass displacement as well as result in travel and service delivery disruptions. Heavy downpours and strong winds, as well as associated floods and landslides, also frequently cause structural damage and lead to high economic losses.
Those in the affected areas are advised to monitor local weather reports, avoid areas directly affected by flooding, confirm road conditions before setting out, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities.
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