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Super typhoon heads for Macau
Typhoon signal No. 1 was hoisted at 7 pm in Macau yesterday. The Meteorological and Geophysical Bureau is planning to hoist the signal No. 3 at the end of today, and is likely to upgrade it to signal No. 8.
“Megi” was moving slowly northwards with a maximum wind speed of 173 kilometres per hour, but is expected to get stronger. Yesterday evening, the tropical storm was located 800 km away from Macau.
“It doesn’t come directly to Macau, but it will likely hit the eastern coastline of South China,” director of the local weather forecaster, Fong Soi Kun, told the Macau Daily Times.
By the time the signal No. 1 was hoisted yesterday, “Megi” was moving at a low speed and changing its track northwards. This evening the signal might be upgraded to No. 3, Fong added.
Regarding the possibility of hoisting the signal No. 8, Fong said it was still too early to say. “It just hit the sea. There is a possibility of hoisting the signal No. 8, but it depends on the typhoon’s evolution,” he said.
It is also expected that “Megi” will become a super typhoon again today. After passing across the Philippines it turned into a severe typhoon, but “it’s expected to get stronger”, Fong said.
Today the weather forecast will be cloudy apart from sunny intervals and moderate to fresh gusty north to northeasterly winds.
“Megi”, which means “catfish” in Korean, is possibly the strongest typhoon to hit China this year. The 13th typhoon of the year is the strongest typhoon to appear in the northwest Pacific since 1990 and the strongest typhoon of the year worldwide, the China’s National Meteorological Centre said.
Although it is too early to accurately tell where and when Megi will make landfall, Chinese authorities warned that central and western parts of Guangdong Province are most vulnerable.
China’s state-run Xinhua news agency said that the State Oceanic Administration estimates 5- to 7-meter high waves near Guangdong Province over the next 48 to 72 hours.
Authorities have ordered all fishing boats to return to harbor before midnight yesterday and reservoirs and hydro-stations to be on alert.
Megi dumped heavy rains on Taiwan’s Ilan and Hualien Monday, with rainfall expected to reach 1,000 millimeters. Total losses are not yet known.
The Ministry of Civil Affairs and the State Disaster Relief Commission issued urgent notices Monday to civil affairs departments in regions along China’s southern coast – Hainan, Guangdong, Guangxi and Fujian – ordering them to prepare for rescue and relief operations, Xinhua said.
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