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Tropical storm to batter eastern, southern China

(Xinhua)

15:55, June 18, 2012

FUZHOU/HAIKOU, June 18 (Xinhua) -- Talim, the fifth tropical storm of this year, is expected to hit at least two provinces on China's southern and eastern coasts Tuesday, local flood control authorities warned Monday.

Talim, which evolved from a tropical depression at midnight, was located 740 km from Zhaoan county in east China's Fujian Province at 5 a.m. Monday, the provincial flood prevention and control headquarters said.

The storm was about 160 km from the city of Wenchang in the southernmost island province of Hainan.

The storm brought winds blowing at 64 km per hour. It is expected to hit the Taiwan Strait Tuesday night.

The tropical storm and the preceding depression have brought heavy rains to many parts of Fujian, which is located opposite Taiwan across the strait.

The headquarters said 24 counties received precipitation measuring between 25 and 50 mm, while another 10 counties received 50 to 100 mm of rain.

The weather bureau has forecast moderate to heavy rain in the province's cities of Zhangzhou, Xiamen, Longyan, Sanming, Nanping and Quanzhou. In the worst-hit areas, precipitation is expected to exceed 100 mm in the coming 24 hours.

Hainan Province is also on guard against the tropical storm. The weather bureau has warned of heavy rain and high winds from Monday to Wednesday.

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