The Chinese Meteorological Administration issued a red warning, the highest weather-related alert possible, in preparation for Typhoon Lekima on Friday, August 9. As of Friday evening, Typhoon Lekima is located at approximately 27.0 °N 122 °E (map here), with a maximum wind speed of 194 kph (120 mph). Lekima is currently exhibiting wind speeds of a Category 3 strength storm, and is expected to weaken to a Category 1 storm shortly after making landfall as it moves inland.
Lekima is forecast to move northwest at a speed of 15 to 20 kph (9 to 12 mph) as it approaches Zhejiang province, before making landfall near Taizhou on Saturday, August 10. Other areas due to be affected by gusts of wind include the southern coast of Jiangsu, the Yangtze River estuary, and Fujian. Businesses and schools across the Zhejiang province have been ordered to close, flights have been canceled, and train service halted in preparation for the storm.
Flooding, landslides, power outages, and transportation disruptions, including flight delays at several airports (i.e. Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport [HGH] and Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport [TPE]) and road closures, are possible across eastern China over 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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