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China upgrades alert for Typhoon Soulik

Xinhua)  13:17, July 12, 2013  

Giant waves surge up against the shoreline of Diaobin fishing port in Wenling city, East China's Zhejiang province, on July 12, 2013. China’s Central Meteorological Observatory issued a yellow-level wave warning for Typhoon Soulik on Friday morning, saying the super typhoon is moving northwest at a speed of 22 km/h. Soulik is forecast to approach Taiwan's east coast and affect waters off the mainland's coastal provinces of Zhejiang and Fujian. (Xinhua photo)

Related: China upgrades wave warning for Typhoon Soulik

BEIJING, July 12 (Xinhua) -- A yellow wave warning for Typhoon Soulik was raised to orange Friday morning, according to the National Marine Environmental Forecasting Center.

Soulik is moving toward waters east of Taiwan and the provinces of Fujian and Zhejiang at a speed of 20 km per hour and is expected to hit or pass waters near Taiwan late Friday or early Saturday morning before landing on the mainland on Saturday, the NMC said.

High winds will hit waters east of Taiwan, as well as north Taiwan and its coastal areas, from Friday morning to Saturday morning.

Areas directly hit by Soulik will experience extremely strong winds, the NMC said.

The NMC has asked local authorities to implement emergency response measures, such as warning ships to return to port.

The country's marine forecasting authority issued an orange wave warning for Soulik Friday.

The National Commission for Disaster Reduction and the Ministry of Civil Affairs has issued a national early disaster warning, asking local civil affairs departments to prepare for the arrival of the typhoon.

The NMC also forecast frequent rain in north China over the next three days, as well as scorching weather in the south.

Temperatures in parts of central and south China, including Chongqing Municipality and the provinces of Henan, Jiangxi, Hunan, Hubei, Anhui, Zhejiang and Fujian, will reach as high as 37 to 39 degrees Celsius, the center said.

China uses 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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(Editor:WangLili、Chen Lidan)


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