Typhoon Khanun makes landfall in S China
Typhoon Khanun landed in Xuwen county, South China's Guangdong province, at around 3:25 am on Monday (19:25 GMT on Sunday), bringing gales of 28 meters per second at its eye, according to local meteorological authorities.
It is the 20th typhoon to hit China this year.
Cities in Guangdong and neiboring areas will suffer heavy rain in the next 24 hours.
From Sunday to Monday morning, the typhoon will bring strong winds and torrential rains to southern and southeastern coastal regions, including parts of Shanghai and the provinces of Zhejiang, Guangdong and Hainan, Zhang said.
These regions have already seen more rain since the beginning of October, especially in the eastern parts of Hainan, where Sanya is situated. Precipitation is double what was recorded during the same period last year, she said.
The center continued with an orange alert－the second highest level in the four-color tiered system for severe weather－for Typhoon Khanun on Sunday morning. It warned the affected governments to take precautions to minimize casualties and economic losses from rain-triggered floods, mudslides or other disasters.
After making landfall on Monday morning, the typhoon is expected to weaken and turn southwest toward central Vietnam, Zhang said.
Confronted with the approaching typhoon and possible disasters, the State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters activated a Level 2 emergency response on Sunday, urging local authorities to make thorough preparations.
In Guangdong, Hainan and Zhejiang, the major regions affected by the typhoon, around 60,000 fishing boats returned and over 150,000 residents relocated, according to the bureau.
China has seen fewer typhoons this fall than in the past. Only four formed from Sept 1 to Oct 14, which is three fewer than the 30-year average. But Typhoon Khanun may be the leading storm in a new active period, and one or two typhoons could form and affect China in the next two weeks, the center said.