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Warnings sounded as typhoons near

By Wang Qian and Sun Li  (China Daily)

13:27, August 24, 2012

Taiwan, coastal mainland provinces brace for Tembin as massive storm gains strength near cross-Straits area

China's national meteorological authority on Thursday issued a warning about Tembin, the 14th typhoon of the year, as it approaches southeastern Taiwan.

The violent cyclone intensified to become a strong typhoon at 7 am on Thursday, 310 km northeast of the island, and is veering closer at 5 to 10 km per hour, said the China Meteorological Administration on its website.

Tembin is likely to make landfall in southeast Taiwan or skirt by its fringes between Thursday night and Friday morning, bringing gales and heavy rain to the cross-Straits area over the next 24 hours, according to the CMA.

Northwestern Taiwan will be hit hardest as precipitation is expected to reach 100 to 300 mm, while coastal parts of the mainland provinces, including Guangdong, Zhejiang, Fujian, and Hainan will see rainfall in the next 24 hours.

Strong winds are also expected in the cross-Straits area.

Meanwhile, Bolaven, the 15th tropical storm of the year, was located over the northwest Pacific Ocean at 5 am on Thursday, 1,800 km southeast of China's coastal Zhejiang province, heading northwest at 15 to 20 km/h while causing winds of up to 136.8 km/h.

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