Typhoons con­tinue to thrash south

China Daily - - TOP NEWS - By CHINA DAILY Jiang Chen­g­long con­trib­uted to this story.

Bi­nary typhoons Talim and Dok­suri passed east­ern China’s Zhe­jiang and Fu­jian prov­inces, and South China’s Hainan prov­ince on Fri­day be­fore head­ing to Ja­pan and Viet­nam.

Dok­suri, the 19th typhoon this year, brought huge gales and heavy rain to coastal ar­eas in South China on Fri­day, and the China Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Ad­min­is­tra­tion con­tin­ued to is­sue a yel­low alert for Dok­suri on Fri­day.

Nearly 217,000 peo­ple in Zhe­jiang and Fu­jian were evac­u­ated to safety un­der gov­ern­ment ar­range­ments, ac­cord­ing to Of­fice of State Flood Con­trol and Drought Re­lief Head­quar­ters.

In Hainan, Sanya Phoenix In­ter­na­tional Air­port said it can­celed a to­tal of 178 flights on Thurs­day and Fri­day.

Zhang Ling, chief fore­caster at the me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal ad­min­is­tra­tion, said on Fri­day that 19 typhoons had formed around the world this year, 2.8 more than the av­er­age in the same pe­riod in past years, and 13 had ap­peared since July — six in late July, four in late Au­gust, and three this month.

Seven of them made land­fall in China. In just three weeks, since Aug 23, five typhoons had made land­fall or af­fected China. Typhoon Hato heav­ily lashed Guang­dong prov­ince, Hong Kong and Ma­cao, re­sult­ing in eight deaths in Ma­cao and huge eco­nomic losses.

“We are still in the ac­tive phase of typhoons, so it’s ex­pected that there will be a cer­tain num­ber of ad­di­tional typhoons be­fore the end of this year, but fewer than now,” Zhang said.

Asked about the rea­son for the fre­quent wind­storms near China since July, me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal ex­perts said there’s no re­li­able data in­di­cat­ing they were re­lated to global warm­ing.

Xu Ming, a re­searcher at the me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal ad­min­is­tra­tion’s Shang­hai Typhoon In­sti­tute, said that although it makes sense from the physics point of view that global warm­ing can lead to more wind­storms by in­creas­ing the wa­ter va­por in the at­mos­phere, which would re­in­force trop­i­cal de­pres­sions, more pre­cise data is needed to sup­port the the­ory.

“Sci­en­tists should make con­clu­sions based on sta­tis­tics. Up to now, re­searchers in dif­fer­ent coun­tries don’t have ex­act data demon­strat­ing that global warm­ing brings more typhoons. And they can­not reach con­sen­sus on it,” Xu said.

YIN HAIMING / CHINA NEWS SER­VICE

City work­ers clean branches and leaves from a fallen tree that hit a car on Shang­pin Road, Sanya, Hainan prov­ince, on Fri­day. Typhoon Dok­suri swept through the re­gion scat­ter­ing de­bris.

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