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With winds of 234 km/h, ty­phoon may be­come strong­est this year

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - FRONT PAGE - By CHENG SI chengsi@chi­nadaily.com.cn Xin­hua con­trib­uted to this story.

Ty­phoon Mangkhut, which may be­come the most pow­er­ful ty­phoon this year, is ex­pected to land in South China on Sun­day night, ac­cord­ing to me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal au­thor­i­ties on Fri­day.

The China Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Ad­min­is­tra­tion said that Ty­phoon Mangkhut is on course to hit the western part of Guang­dong prov­ince and north­east Hainan prov­ince. Mangkhut will move west­ward af­ter land­ing and may weaken from a su­per ty­phoon to se­vere ty­phoon.

At a meet­ing on Fri­day, Ye Jianchun, sec­re­tary-gen­eral of the State Flood Con­trol and Drought Re­lief Head­quar­ters and vice-min­is­ter of wa­ter re­sources and emer­gency man­age­ment, urged local gov­ern­ments to mon­i­tor the ty­phoon and re­lease warn­ings in a timely man­ner. Local gov­ern­ments should evac­u­ate res­i­dents at risk soon. The head­quar­ters has dis­patched work groups to Guang­dong, Hainan, Fu­jian and Yun­nan prov­inces and the Guangxi Zhuang au­ton­o­mous re­gion to help local gov­ern­ments pre­pare for the ty­phoon, ac­cord­ing to the meet­ing.

Zhang Ling, chief fore­caster with the CMA, said that Mangkhut in­ten­si­fied into a su­per ty­phoon on Tues­day with sus­tained winds of 234 kilo­me­ters per hour near the cen­ter af­ter be­ing tracked in the Pa­cific on Sept 7.

Peo­ple in south­ern parts of China and the Hong Kong and Ma­cao spe­cial ad­min­is­tra­tive re­gions, will be at the most risk.

The ty­phoon’s mas­sive rain­cloud band reaches 1,000 kilo­me­ters and will bring strong wind and in­tense rains to the ar­eas, ac­cord­ing to the au­thor­i­ties.

Pre­cip­i­ta­tion in south­ern parts of China — Hong Kong, for ex­am­ple — will reach about 20 cen­time­ters, while sev­eral dis­tricts may reach up to 45 cen­time­ters, au­thor­i­ties pre­dicted on Fri­day.

These dis­as­ter-prone ar­eas are co­or­di­nat­ing prepa­ra­tions for the up­com­ing su­per ty­phoon, ac­cord­ing to Xin­hua News Agency.

Mangkhut will be the sec­ond ty­phoon to hit Hong Kong this week and may be the strong­est ever.

John Lee, Hong Kong’s Sec­re­tary for Se­cu­rity, or­dered all emer­gency re­sponse de­part­ments to have their de­ploy­ment and emer­gency re­sponse plans ready for pos­si­ble threats.

Ma­cao’s Marine and Wa­ter Bureau warned all ports and ships to be alert about the com­ing storm and op­er­ate with cau­tion, Xin­hua re­ported, while the Civic and Mu­nic­i­pal Af­fairs Bureau has started re­mov­ing all lanterns and dec­o­ra­tions for Mid-Autumn Fes­ti­val, which may threaten peo­ple’s safety. The fes­ti­val falls on Sept 24.

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