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Coastal provinces displace 170,000 ahead of typhoon

2008-09-14 02:14:36 GMT2008-09-14 10:14:36 (Beijing Time) Xinhua English

Waves hit the coast as typhoon Sinlaku approaches Nanfangauo. Typhoon Sinlaku lashed Taiwan on Saturday with powerful winds and heavy rains across the island that disrupted flights and train services as well as celebrations for a major holiday. (Xinhua/AFP)

Dark clouds stretch across the skyline as Typhoon Sinlaku hits Taipei September 13, 2008.(Xinhua Photo)

People struggle with their umbrellas against strong winds as Typhoon Sinlaku hits Taipei September 13, 2008. Schools and offices in Taiwan's capital were advised not to open on Saturday and surrounding areas were issued strong weather warnings as a typhoon packing gusts of up to 227 kph (141 mph) began to hit the island late on Friday.(Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

FUZHOU, Sept. 14 (Xinhua) -- Fujian and Zhejiang provinces in east China have evacuated over 170,000 people from low-lying coastal regions, as the typhoon Sinlaku suggested a move towards them, after it pounded Taiwan early Sunday morning.

The Fujian provincial meteorological observatory monitored the eye of the storm was in Yilan County, Taiwan, at 5:00 a.m., packing up winds at 45 meters per second.

Its power started to affect Fujian, as the observatory gave yellow alert, or the second-degree disaster weather warning, to the storm on Sunday, forecasting winds close to hurricane force and heavy rains in the sea area of the Taiwan Straits from Sunday to Monday.

Sinlaku is the 13th tropical storm so far this year. The flood control department in Zhejiang warned that Sinlaku could cause serious geological disasters on its possible course through Ningbo, Taizhou and Wenzhou cities as well as the Zhoushan Islands.

The provincial fisheries bureau has called 29,899 fishing boats to shore, and evacuated 147,181 people to safe places.

Local authorities have urged all coastal scenic spots to shut down business, and persuade tourists to stay in safe places or return home.

In Fujian, more than 30,000 fishermen have returned to harbor on Saturday.

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