Date
18 November 2017
Chinese coast guards on patrol at Haikou port in Hainan as Typhoon Rammasun is set to make a landfall. Photo: Reuters
Chinese coast guards on patrol at Haikou port in Hainan as Typhoon Rammasun is set to make a landfall. Photo: Reuters

Typhoon gathers speed as it heads toward southern China

Typhoon Rammasun has picked up speed as it headed toward southern China, with authorities now considering it to be a super typhoon, reports said. 

The typhoon, which has killed at least 54 people in the Philippines, is expected to make landfall between the provinces of Hainan and Guangdong Friday afternoon, China’s National Meteorological Center said on its website, according to Reuters.

Packing winds of up to 180 kilometers per hour, it is expected to bring heavy rains before moving into southwestern China. The typhoon would be the strongest to hit the Hainan Island in 40 years, state media said.

The Hainan government said it had ordered fishermen back to port while many flights, and all train services, were canceled.

State television said access to all scenic spots in Hainan has been closed, and 30,000 people evacuated from low-lying coastal areas, Reuters reported.

Premier Li Keqiang, describing the situation as severe, said people’s lives must be put first.

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