The Chinese Meteorological Administration issued a warning at 06:00 (local time) on Thursday, August 8, for Typhoon Lekima (map here). As of 05:00 on Thursday, the typhoon was located at 22.4°N 126°E, with a maximum wind force of 186 kph (116 mph) near the center. Lekima is forecast to move northwest at a speed of 15 kph (9 mph) along the coast of Zhejiang province before making landfall in north-central Zhejiang on Saturday, August 10. Other areas due to be affected by gusts of wind include the southern coast of Jiangsu, the Yangtze River estuary, the north-central coast of Fujian, and parts of Taiwan. Authorities also said heavy rains were expected in parts of eastern Zhejiang and Taiwan.
Flooding, landslides, power outages, and transportation disruptions, including flight delays and road closures, are possible across southeastern China 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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