Super typhoon Rammasun made its landfall in Wenchang City of south China’s island province of Hainan at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, killing a man who was hit by the collapse of a building.
The powerful storm that killed dozens in the Philippines strengthened into a super typhoon, which is expected to be the strongest one Hainan province has witnessed in 40 years, hitting southern China this afternoon. Super typhoons are categorized as having winds of 241 km/h or higher.
The storm landed in Hainan province’s Wenchang City at 3:30 p.m. at a speed of 60 m per second and is now moving northwest. It’s predicted to land in the coastal areas in Guangxi region tonight or tomorrow morning.
Precautions against Rammasun have been made. Xinhua reports:
More than 26,000 residents near the projected landfall region have been evacuated, said the Hainan provincial command center for flood prevention, drought control and typhoon response.
The provincial tourism bureau on Friday issued an urgent circular, requiring all tourism resorts to close and tour bus companies to suspend operation from 1 p.m. on Friday to 4 p.m. on Saturday.
Affected by the super typhoon, 36 trains have been canceled from Thursday to Sunday in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, which borders Guangdong. High-speed train services between regional capital Nanning and coastal cities have also been suspended, according to Nanning’s railway bureau.
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By Christy Mak