Mainland threatened by two typhoons

Local | Riley Chan and Reuters 14 Sep 2017

Residents in 10 China coastal provinces have been warned to brace as two typhoons could hit the mainland within 24 hours.

According to mainland media, up to 500,000 residents may have to be evacuated if the typhoons remain on course.

Severe typhoon Talim appears to be veering away from Taiwan and heading toward Zhejiang province though forecasters are hoping for yet another change in direction that could see it sweep into the East China Sea.

According to the Hong Kong Observatory, Talim was centered about 420 kilometers east of Taipei at 5pm.

At least 14 flights between Hong Kong and Taiwan were canceled yesterday.

Meanwhile, tropical storm Doksuri will maintain a distance of more than 600km from Hong Kong and its impact on the local weather is not expected to be high, the observatory said. However, it is expected to develop into a typhoon and intensify into a severe typhoon tomorrow.

Doksuri was centered about 380km east-southeast of Xisha at 5pm. It is forecast to move west-northwest at about 20 km/h in the general direction of southern Hainan Island and Vietnam. Macau hoisted the standby signal No 1 yesterday as Doksuri entered its 800km diameter.

Taiwan's Central Weather Bureau predicted that Talim will gain in strength, lashing northern cities with strong winds and heavy rain.

Talim could make landfall tonight along the northern coast of Zhejiang, the China Meteorological Administration said.

Strong winds and rain are expected to buffet the coastal areas of Zhejiang and Fujian as well as the East China Sea and Taiwan Strait, it said.

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