(MENAFN- Trend News Agency)
Chaba, the third typhoon of the year, is gaining strength as it
moves toward south China's Guangdong and Hainan provinces, Trend reports citing Xinhua .
At 8 a.m. Friday, the Hainan meteorological department detected
that Chaba was about 250 km northeast of Yongxing Island, Sansha
City, Hainan and its intensity was slowly increasing while moving
at a speed of about 20 km per hour.
The department forecast Chaba to make landfall in the coastal
areas of Guangdong and Hainan between Friday afternoon and Saturday
morning, packing strong winds.
Hainan has started Level III emergency response for flood
control and wind prevention and suspended ferry services in the
Qiongzhou Strait at 8 a.m. Friday.
Strong winds and severe downpours are expected to lash the
coastal areas of Hainan, Guangdong and Guangxi from Friday to
The transport, port and shipping administration in Hainan's
capital of Haikou issued a notice to shut down major port services
from 8 a.m. Friday to Monday.
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