Big­gest ty­phoon of 2016 to oblit­er­ate full moon for hol­i­day

China Daily (USA) - - CHINA - By ZHENG JINRAN zhengjin­ran@chi­nadaily.com.cn Xu Wei con­trib­uted to this story.

Trav­el­ers head­ing for south­east­ern coastal re­gions like Fu­jian and Guang­dong prov­inces to cel­e­brate the com­ing Mid-Au­tumn Fes­ti­val may en­counter stormy weather in­stead of a full moon this year.

The ap­proach­ing Ty­phoon Mer­anti, the 14th of the year, has grown into the world’s strong­est ty­phoon of 2016. It is ex­pected to make land­fall on Thurs­day morn­ing, the fes­ti­val day, Xu Yin­g­long, chief fore­caster at the Cen­tral Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal said on Tues­day.

The storm will weaken as it moves north­ward but will af­fect Jiangxi province on Fri­day, he said, adding that an­other ty­phoon will im­me­di­ately fol­low and is ex­pected to make land­fall soon.

Res­i­dents in China’s vast east­ern and south­ern prov­inces — Guang­dong, Fu­jian, Zhe­jiang, Jiangsu— as well as Shang­hai, will see tor­ren­tial rains and strong wind gusts from Wed­nes­day. The storm is ex­pected to last for the whole three-day hol­i­day, Ob­ser­va­tory, Thurs­day said.

The risks of ge­o­log­i­cal dis­as­ters trig­gered by down­pours and winds will also climb in com­ing days, the na­tional weather au­thor­ity warned. It is­sued an orange alert, the sec­ond-high­est level, on Tues­day.

In ad­di­tion, the State Flood Con­trol and Drought Re­lief Head­quar­ters also is­sued its sec­ond-high­est emer­gency warn­ing for the ap­proach­ing ty­phoon and sent seven teams to help en­sure pub­lic se­cu­rity in ar­eas ex­pected to be hit.

Sev­eral tourist at­trac­tions in to Satur­day, Xu the af­fected re­gions, in­clud­ing Gu­langyu Island and Wuyi Moun­tain in Fu­jian, may be en­gulfed by the wild storm dur­ing the hol­i­day, said Hu Xiao, an­other ob­ser­va­tory ex­pert.

Vis­i­tors to af­fected re­gions are warned to stay away from swelling rivers that in or­di­nary years pro­vide spec­tac­u­lar views — es­pe­cially the Qiantang River, Hu said.

He added some flights would be de­layed or can­celed dur­ing the pe­riod, and vis­i­tors tak­ing buses and ves­sels would be af­fected as well.

From July 1 un­til this week, China has seen the births of 16 ty­phoons, about 4 per­cent more than the sea­sonal av­er­age. In ad­di­tion, more ty­phoons have made land­fall in south­ern coastal re­gions.

Res­i­dents in many parts of the coun­try will not see the full moon on Mid-Au­tumn Day be­cause of cloudy weather.

But it’s likely to be vis­i­ble in the Xin­jiang Uygur au­ton­o­mous re­gion and some ar­eas in He­bei, Shan­dong and He­nan prov­inces, ex­perts said.

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