yphoon Khanun was heavily influencing south China’s Guangdong and Hainan provinces on Sunday, before it is forecast to make landfall between the two provinces in the early hours of Monday.
The National Meteorological Center (NMC) issued an orange alert for the typhoon at 10:00 Sunday, and the tropical storm has brought about gales raging at 103-134 kilometers per hour in the southern and eastern coastal regions.
From Sunday night to Monday morning, Khanun is expected to cause its most serious damage, said the NMC.
In Xuwen County, Guangdong Province, where the typhoon is to land between 02:00 and 03:00 Monday, strong winds have been sweeping across along with heavy rain. Cities like Guangzhou and Shenzhen have been experiencing similar weather.
During the hours before the typhoon’s landfall, local power departments have been busy clearing trees over electric wires, while soldiers were removing hidden hazards at the port.
Starting from Saturday morning, all ferries to and from the region have been suspended, and all fishing boats have returned to ports by 20:00 that day after eight cities issued alerts for the typhoon.
The good news is Khanun weakened from grade 14 to 13 by 17:00 Sunday and is likely to diminish to grade 12 when it makes landfall.
In Haikou City, Hainan Province, strong winds are shaking vehicles amid heavy rain and are expected to speed up to 117-149 kilometers per hour.
The Haikou Meilan International Airport canceled 269 flights Sunday, with all the trains and buses in the city suspended. Schools also have been required to suspend class.
Moreover, it is warned that the Khanun landfall will coincide with rising tides Monday, and hence likely to cause salt-water intrusion.
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