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Typhoon Rammasun To Hit Southern China

BEIJING, July 17 (Bernama) -- Typhoon Rammasun is expected to hit China's southern province of Hainan or the coastal area of Guangdong Province on Friday, state-run media reported.

Citing the Hainan provincial meteorological station on Thursday, Xinhua news agency reported that Rammasun, with wind gusts of up to 120 km per hour, was on the northwest path at a speed of 20 km to 25 km per hour.

The typhoon was expected to land in Hainan or Guangdong with a maximum wind speed of more than 140 km per hour around noon on Friday, the meteorological station said.

China's National Marine Environmental Forecasting Centre issued a red alert, the highest level warning, on Thursday.

High-speed trains leaving for Hainan cities Haikou and Sanya have been suspended too since Thursday noon.

Xinhua reported on Wednesday that at least 18 people were killed and millions were affected following heavy rainstorms in several provinces in southern and central China this week.

-- BERNAMA




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