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HAIKOU (XINHUA)- Mun, the fourth typhoon this year, made landfall in South China's Hainan province early on Wednesday (July 3), halting ferry services and causing the cancellation of flights.
Mun is the first typhoon to hit China this year. The provincial meteorological administration said that the tropical storm landed at around 12.45am in waters near Wanning city, packing winds with speeds reaching 18m per second near its eye.
The administration estimated that Typhoon Mun is expected to pass through the island and swirl into the Beibu Bay on Wednesday afternoon before heading for northern Vietnam. It also warned that the island and its offshore areas will be hit by gales and heavy rain.
Ferry services have been halted since Tuesday noon in the Qiongzhou Strait, and more than 30 flights were delayed or cancelled as of 9pm on Tuesday.
No casualties have been reported as the authorities have intensified safety measures with emergency plans and informed boats to return to harbours.
China issued a red alert for Typhoon Lekima on Friday morning, as it is expected to make landfall in the coastal areas of East China's Zhejiang province on Saturday morning.
At 8 am on Friday, the center of Typhoon Lekima, the ninth typhoon of the year, was about 290 km southeast of the city of Wenling in Zhejiang, with a maximum wind force of 209 km per hour.
The wind speed in the center of Lekima reached 58 meters per second on Friday morning, making it the strongest typhoon to hit the country so far this year, according to the National Meteorological Center.
The center predicts the typhoon will move northwest at a speed of about 13 km per hour, gradually weakening in force and landing in the coastal areas in Zhejiang on Saturday morning.
Governments at various levels have carried out emergency measures to guard against Lekima and protect public safety.
Notice: The office of typhoon prevention control made notice, our city started level I anti flood emergency response, the No. 9 typhoon Lekima plenty of wind power, rainfall, long duration, please make efforts to prevent strong gale, rainfall, long duration of rainfall, especially the roof, windowsill and other flowerpots, debris, billboards, so as to avoid falling.
Warm tips: The super typhoon Lekima made its landfall in our city tonight, please close the doors and windows, and it's better stay at home, away from telephone poles, billboards and other dangerous substances, pay attention to safety!