China renews orange alert for Typhoon Higos

  • China
  • Wednesday, 19 Aug 2020

People shelter under umbrellas while walking on an overpass during a rainfall in Beijing on Aug 18, 2020. - AFP

BEIJING (Xinhua): China's national observatory on Wednesday (Aug 19) renewed an orange alert for Typhoon Higos, which is expected to bring gales and torrential rains to south China.

The typhoon, the seventh this year, made landfall at around 6am on Wednesday in coastal areas of Zhuhai in Guangdong Province, with a maximum wind force of 35 metres per second near its eye, the National Meteorological Center (NMC) said.

The NMC expects the typhoon to move northwestward at a speed of around 20kph and gradually weaken.

From Wednesday morning to Thursday morning, gales are expected to hit parts of the South China Sea and the coastal waters of Guangdong, according to the NMC.

In the same period, regions including parts of Hainan, Guangdong, and Guangxi will experience downpours, with some areas to see up to 180mm of rainfall, it said.

The NMC stressed the need to closely monitor the development of Typhoon Higos, and to timely relocate vessels and people in areas likely to be affected, while calling for precautions against geological disasters.

China has a four-tier color-coded weather warning system, with red representing the most severe weather, followed by orange, yellow, and blue.

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