Typhoon to bring lots of wind, rain to East China

Typhoon Lingling is approaching the southern part of the East China Sea and reached speeds up to 216 kilometers per hour on Thursday, according to the China Meteorological Administration.

As it moves northward, it will affect the Yellow Sea and then Liaoning province from Saturday, the administration said.

On Friday, strong winds will affect the northern part of the East China Sea, the coastal areas of the northeastern parts of Fujian province and Zhejiang province and the Yangtze River Estuary.

The typhoon will bring heavy rainfall and strong winds to a wide swath of China, the administration said.

From Friday to Sunday, rain and wind will come to seas in East China, the south of the Yangtze River and Northeast China.

The typhoon will lead to some economic losses. In Heilongjiang province of Northeast China, the precipitation will be greater than normal, which could hinder crop maturity.

In addition, it is estimated that about three tropical cyclones will affect the southern coastal areas, which may affect agricultural and fishery production.

Ai Wanxiu, a chief forecaster with the National Climate Center, said that autumn is prone to strong typhoons caused by seasonal changes and fluctuations in sea temperature.

“The landing area of an autumn typhoon is usually in the south, and the intensity is stronger than those in other seasons,” she said.

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“Therefore, damage caused by an autumn typhoon is relatively great, and people in its path should be cautious.”

According to the administration, four typhoons have made landfall in China this year-Mun, Wipha, Lekima and Bailu-less than the number in the same period at any time in recent history.

Lekima, which landed in Zhejiang last month, resulted in huge economic losses in East China.

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