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24 oct. 2020 | 22h53 UTC

China: Typhoon Saudel causes travel disruption across Hainan province October 24

China Alerte de sécurité

Typhoon Saudel causes travel disruption across Hainan province on October 24; monitor weather updates

TIMEFRAME expected from 24/10/2020, 12h00 until 26/10/2020, 11h59 (Asia/Shanghai). COUNTRY/REGION Hainan

Event

Typhoon Saudel caused travel disruption across Hainan as it moves westwards to the south of the province between Saturday, October 24, and Sunday, October 25. On Saturday, the island's high-speed rail loop suspended its services due to heavy rains and high winds. All passenger trains entering and leaving the province have also ceased until further notice, in addition to roll-on/roll-off shipping services.

Saudel is currently producing winds of up to 93kmh (58mph) as moves towards Vietnam where landfall is expected to occur in Quang Binh province between Monday, October 26, and Tuesday, October 27. The Hainan Weather service has warned that the typhoon may still make landfall between Lingshui and Sanya. High winds and heavy rains are expected to persist into Sunday, with precipitation reaching up to 150mm (6in) in some areas. 

Strong winds and heavy rainfall could result in flooding, landslides, and disruptions to transport, businesses, and utilities as the storm system passes.

Context

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.

Advice

Those in affected areas are advised to monitor local weather reports, anticipate transportation disruptions, avoid areas directly affected by flooding, confirm road conditions before setting out, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities, including evacuation orders. Avoid walking or driving through floodwaters.

 

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