GUANGZHOU: The China Meteorological Administration on Friday issued a level-III emergency warning, the highest possible, for Typhoon Sinlaku in response to forecasts by provincial authorities it is about to make landfall.
Zhou Fu, head of the Zhejiang meteorological observatory, said on Friday that Sinlaku, the 13th and strongest tropical storm of the year, was approaching the coast in southern and eastern parts of the country.
It is expected to hit northeastern Taiwan on Saturday afternoon, and Zhejiang and Fujian provinces on Sunday, he said.
Heavy rains are forecast for some parts of Fujian and Zhejiang over the next two days, he said. Authorities in the coastal cities of Taizhou and Wenling in Zhejiang have already asked all fishing boats to stay in harbor.
The typhoon, named after a goddess worshipped on the island of Kosrae in Micronesia, is moving northwest at 10 kph toward eastern Taiwan, Zhou said.
In Guangdong province, temperatures, influenced by the outer edges of the typhoon, are expected to soar to 36 C over the weekend.
On Friday, the province reported a high of 36.4 C in the northern city of Shaoguan.
Lu Shan, chief forecaster with the Guangdong weather bureau, said: "The hot and dry weather will continue throughout the Mid-Autumn Festival in most areas of the province."