China renews blue alert for typhoon Bavi

MACAO, Aug. 19, 2020 (Xinhua) -- A man walks in the rain on a road in Macao, south China, Aug. 19, 2020. China's Macao Special Administrative Region has downgraded its typhoon signal from highest No.10 level to No.8 on Wednesday at 7:30 a.m. local time, but the low-lying areas near the coastline were flooded, as Typhoon Higos had made landfall in the neighboring city of Zhuhai in the morning. Macao Meteorological and Geophysical Bureau had upgraded its typhoon signal to No.10 level on Wednesday at 5:00 a.m. local time, before downgrading it to No.8 later on. The red storm surge warning was also issued at 5:30 a.m. local time.

Beijing, (Samajweekly) China’s National Meteorological Center (NMC) on Sunday renewed a blue alert for typhoon Bavi, which is expected to lash the country’s south and southeast regions.

The typhoon, the eighth of this year, strengthened from a tropical depression on Saturday morning and was observed at waters 390 km west of the city of Naha in Japan’s Okinawa prefecture at 5 a.m. on Sunday, with a maximum wind force of 100.8 km/h at the centre, Xinhua news agency quoted the NMC as saying.

It expects the typhoon to move northeastward at a speed of 10-15 km per hour as it strengthens, before heading towards northeast China’s Liaodong Peninsula from Wednesday.

From Sunday to Monday morning, gales are expected to hit some coastal areas of provinces and regions including Taiwan, Fujian and Zhejiang, according to the NMC.

It has advised people and vessels in disaster-prone areas to take shelter from winds.

China has a four-tier colour-coded weather warning system, with red representing the most severe weather, followed by orange, yellow and blue.