Tropical storm Bavi strengthened into a typhoon on Monday, August 24, as it moved north towards the East China Sea. Bavi is currently located 281km (175mi) west of Amami (Japan) and is sustaining winds of up to 176kmh (109mph). Bavi is expected to strengthen as it moves towards the Korean Peninsula and is forecast to be west of Jeju (South Korea) by the afternoon of Wednesday, August 26, before making landfall in Hwanghae (North Korea) on Thursday, August 27.
The China Meteorological Administration (CMA) renewed weather warnings on Monday for parts of Zhejiang province due to gale force winds. It also warned that between August 26 and August 28, heavy rains and gale force winds would affect the Shandong Peninsula in addition to parts of Liaoning, Jilin, and Shandong provinces.
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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