Blue typhoon warnings remain in affect for parts of southwestern China as of 06:00 (local time) on Friday, August 2, as Typhoon Wipha continues to move through the region. According to the China Meteorological Administration (CMA), the center of Wipha is located near Beihai City (Guangxi province) and will move along the coast towards Vietnam at a speed of 5-10 kph (3-6 mph). Heavy rainfall with totals between 10-20 cm (4-8 in) is forecast from 08:00 on Friday through 08:00 on Saturday, August 3, in parts of Guangdong, Guangxi, Hainan Island, and other parts of southwest China. Strong winds are also expected to impact the region as the storm moves towards Vietnam.
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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